Flaviius Josephus and Flavian Rome

Flaviius Josephus and Flavian Rome


Edited by Jonathan Edmondson, Edited by Steve Mason, Edited by James Rives

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 31mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 11 August 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199262128
  • ISBN 13: 9780199262120
  • Illustrations note: 5 halftones, 3 figures

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Flavian Rome has most often been studied without serious attention to its most prolific extant author, Titus Flavius Josephus. Josephus, in turn, has usually been studied for what he is writing about (mainly, events in Judaea) rather than for the context in which he wrote: Flavian Rome. For the first time, this book brings these two phenomena into critical engagement, so that Josephus may illuminate Flavian Rome, and Flavian Rome, Josephus. Who were his likely audiences or patrons in Rome? How did the context in which he wrote affect his writing? What do his narratives say or imply about that context? This book brings together contributions from leading international scholars of Josephus and Flavian-Roman history and literature.

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James Rives is Associate Professor, York University, Toronto

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the editors are... to be congratulated for putting together a team of the top players in the business... this excellent volume will surely lead scholars of all interested disciplines to seek out his voice more often than they used to, and to listen to it with much more finely attuned hearing. Brian McGing, Journal of Roman Studies Excellent...clear and well-crafted Helen K. Bond, Journal of Jewish Studies The writers are distinguished and their contributions never less than thought-provoking Barbara Levick, Greece and Rome

Table of contents

Introduction: Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome ; I. JOSEPHUS IN THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CONTEXT OF FLAVIAN ROME ; 1. Josephus' Roman Audience: Josephus and the Roman Elites ; 2. Foreign Elites at Rome ; 3. Herodians and 'Ioudaioi' in Flavian Rome ; 4. Josephus in the Diaspora ; II. THE IMPACT OF THE JEWISH WAR IN FLAVIAN ROME ; 5. Last Year in Jerusalem: Monuments of the Jewish War in Rome ; 6. The Sack of the Temple in Josephus and Tacitus ; 7. Flavian Religious Policy and the Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple ; 8. The 'Fiscus Iudaicus' and Gentile Attitudes to Judaism in Flavian Rome ; III. JOSEPHUS: LITERATURE AND HISTORIOGRAPHY IN FLAVIAN ROME ; 9. From 'Exempla' to 'Exemplar'? Writing History around the Emperor in Imperial Rome ; 10. Josephus and Greek Literature in Flavian Rome ; 11. Parallel Lives of Two Lawgivers: Josephus' Moses and Plutarch's 'Lycurgus' ; 12. Figured Speech and Irony in T. Flavius Josephus ; 13. Spectacle in Josephus' 'Bellum Judaicum' ; 14. The Empire Writes Back: Josephan Rhetoric in Flavian Rome