The Jewish War

The Jewish War

Paperback Penguin Classics Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

By (author) Flavius Josephus, Translated by G.A. Williamson, Revised by E. Mary Smallwood, Other adaptation by Betty Radice

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 512 pages
  • Language: English / Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 26mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 2 July 1984
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140444203
  • ISBN 13: 9780140444209
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: maps, plans, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 43,750

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Josephus' account of a war marked by treachery and atrocity is a superbly detailed and evocative record of the Jewish rebellion against Rome between AD 66 and 70. Originally a rebel leader, Josephus changed sides after he was captured to become a Rome-appointed negotiator, and so was uniquely placed to observe these turbulent events, from the siege of Jerusalem to the final heroic resistance and mass suicides at Masada. His account provides much of what we know about the history of the Jews under Roman rule, with vivid portraits of such key figures as the Emperor Vespasian and Herod the Great. Often self-justifying and divided in its loyalties, "The Jewish War" nevertheless remains one of the most immediate accounts of war, its heroism and its horrors, ever written.

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Josephus was born in 37 AD. He was one of the Jewish leaders at the time of the revolt of the Jews in the reign of Nero. His two most important works are The Jewish War and The Jewish Antiquities.

Table of contents

The Jewish War - Josephus Foreword to This Edition Introduction Josephus' Life Josephus' Works Josephus as a Historian THE JEWISH WARPreface 1. Herod's Predecessors 2. Herod's Rise to Power 3. Herod Master of Palestine 4. Herod's Murder of Mariamme and her Children 5. Herod's Murder of his Heir, and Death 6. The Rise and Fall of Archelaus 7. Judaea under Roman Rule 8. War Clouds 9. The Outbreak of War 10. Josephus Governor of Galilee 11. The Coming of Vespasian and Titus 12. Josephus the Prisoner of Vespasian 13. Vespasian's Conquering Advance 14. Factions in Jerusalem 15. Atrocities in the City. Vespasian's Intervention 16. Vespasian Emperor 17. The Siege of Jerusalem - First Stages 18. Two Walls Captured 19. The Horrors of the Siege 20. Antonia Captured and Destroyed 21. The Temple Burnt and the City Taken 22. Jerusalem Destroyed: Roman Celebrations 23. Cleaning-up Operations Notes Appendixes: A. Bandits, Terrorists, Sicarii and Zealots B. Roman Provincial Administration and Defence C. Money D. Josephus' Calendar E. Qumran F. The Slavonic Versions of The Jewish War Chronological Table Maps and Plans: The Eastern Mediterranean Palestine Jerusalem in A. D. 70 Herod's Temple Enclosure Herod's Temple The Herodian Family Glossary of Technical Terms Bibliography Index