The Jews among the Greeks and Romans: A Diasporan Sourcebook by Margaret WilliamsThe Jews among the Greeks and Romans: A Diasporan Sourcebook by Margaret Williams

The Jews among the Greeks and Romans: A Diasporan Sourcebook

byMargaret Williams

Paperback | May 28, 1998

Pricing and Purchase Info

$36.27 online 
$41.95 list price save 13%
Earn 181 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Quantity:

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

As one of the few groups in the Greco-Roman world to resist cultural assimilation, the Jews remained an object of fascination throughout antiquity. Greek and Roman writers devoted much space to them, but few bothered to learn the facts about Jews, preferring to report stereotypes and rumor. Evidence does exist, however, to show what real Jews were like in antiquity and how they interacted with the Greeks and Romans, both pagan and Christian.

In The Jews among the Greeks and Romans, Margaret Williams assembles, assesses, and contextualizes literary and archaeological evidence relating to Jewish communities outside the land of Israel. The sourcebook covers the period beginning with the Diaspora that resulted from the chaos of Alexander the Great's death in 323 BCE and concluding with the demise of the Jewish Patriarchate around 420 CE. This was a time which saw, first, the rapid opening up of opportunities for Jews and then, in the century after Constantine, the gradual but inexorable raising of barriers against them.

Newly translated from the Greek and Latin, the documents cover a broad array of topics, including religion, customs, festivals, repression, citizenship, military service, economics, intermarriage, and conversion from Jew to Gentile and Gentile to Jew. While previous collections have concentrated on literary texts, the present volume gives prominence to papyrological and epigraphic source material. Composed in accordance with Greco-Roman epigraphic conventions but written by Jews, these texts—some only recently discovered—constitute an extraordinarily rich source of information about the values and practices of Jews in antiquity.

Margaret Williams is a research associate at the Open University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Loading
Title:The Jews among the Greeks and Romans: A Diasporan SourcebookFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 28, 1998Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801859387

ISBN - 13:9780801859380

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

From Our Editors

As one of the few groups in the Greco-Roman world to resist cultural assimilation, the Jews remained an object of fascination throughout antiquity. Here research associate Margaret Williams assembles, assesses, and contextualizes a wealth of literary and archaeological evidence relating to Jewish communities outside the land of Israel beginning with the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.E. and concluding with the demise of the Jewish Patriarchate around 420 C.E. 4 illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Collects and translates into English sources for the history of the Jews in the Western Diaspora during the Greco-Roman period, emphasizing epigraphic materials, a particular strength of this collection in comparison to other sourcebooks... An excellent introduction to Jewish experience in the lands of the Western Greco-Roman Diaspora.