Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome

Hardcover | May 31, 2005

EditorJonathan Edmondson, Steve Mason, James Rives

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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. Forthe 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 implyabout that context? This book brings together contributions from leading international scholars of Josephus and Flavian-Roman history and literature.

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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. Forthe first time, this book brings these two phe...

Jonathan Edmondson is Associate Professor, York University, Toronto Steve Mason is Canada Research Chair in Greco-Roman Cultural Interaction, York University, Toronto James Rives is Associate Professor, York University, Toronto

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.1 inPublished:May 31, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199262128

ISBN - 13:9780199262120

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Jonathan Edmondson: Introduction: Flavius Josephus and Flavian RomeI. Josephus in the Social and Political Context of Flavian Rome1. Hannah M. Cotton and Werner Eck: Josephus' Roman Audience: Josephus and the Roman Elites2. G.W. Bowersock: Foreign Elites at Rome3. Daniel R. Schwartz: Herodians and `Ioudaioi' in Flavian Rome4. Tessa Rajak: Josephus in the DiasporaII. The Impact of the Jewish War in Flavian Rome5. Fergus Millar: Last Year in Jerusalem: Monuments of the Jewish War in Rome6. T. D. Barnes: The Sack of the Temple in Josephus and Tacitus7. James Rives: Flavian Religious Policy and the Destruction of the Jerusalem Temple8. Martin Goodman: The `Fiscus Iudaicus' and Gentile Attitudes to Judaism in Flavian RomeIII. Josephus: Literature and Historiography in Flavian Rome9. Christina Shuttleworth Kraus: From `Exempla' to `Exemplar'? Writing History around the Emperor in Imperial Rome10. Christopher P. Jones: Josephus and Greek Literature in Flavian Rome11. Louis H. Feldman: Parallel Lives of Two Lawgivers: Josephus' Moses and Plutarch's `Lycurgus'12. Steve Mason: Figured Speech and Irony in T. Flavius Josephus13. Honora Howell Chapman: Spectacle in Josephus' `Bellum Judaicum'14. John M. G. Barclay: The Empire Writes Back: Josephan Rhetoric in Flavian Rome

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"This is a splendid work.... Highly recommended."--Choice