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Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome$
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Jonathan Edmondson, Steve Mason, and James Rives

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262120.001.0001

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Introduction Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome

Introduction Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262120.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins by surveying the political career of Yosef ben Mattityahu, who became T(itus) Flavius Josephus after being granted Roman citizenship by Vespasian in 71. It then charts his literary career as a diaspora Jew writing in the city of Rome, outlining briefly the aims and scope of his works. A consideration of the political and literary history of Rome in the Flavian period provides the crucial context for a better understanding of Josephus as author. The introduction lays out the main aims of the volume and then summarizes the points of convergence and areas of disagreement to be found in the chapters that follow, illustrating how the volume makes an original contribution to the study of both Flavian Rome and one of its main authors T. Flavius Josephus.

Keywords:   Yosef ben Mattityahu, career, literary works, city of Rome, Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, scholarship

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