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Life of Josephus

Author: Flavius Josephus; Steve Mason
Publisher: Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Refocusing our attention from the personal character and psychological motives of Josephus (which we cannot know) to the work itself (which is before us), Steve Mason brings this narrative to life in new historical and literary contexts. He shows that it is a carefully structured appendix to Josephus' magnum opus, the Judean Antiquities, and that Josephus uses it to unashamedly celebrate his character according to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Kommentar
Named Person: Flavius Josephus; Flavius Josephus; Flavius Josephus; Flavius Josephus
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Flavius Josephus; Steve Mason
ISBN: 039104205X 9780391042056
OCLC Number: 52178846
Notes: Originally published as v. 9 of Flavius Josephus, translation and commentary (Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2001).
Description: liv, 287 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction to the Life of Josephus --
Translation and commentary --
Appendix A: Galilean archaeology --
Maps --
Appendix B: Josephus itinerary in the Life --
Appendix C: Life / war parallels --
Appendix D: Hapas Legomena in the Life --
Appendix E: Photius, Bibliotheca 33, on Iustus of Tiberias.
Other Titles: Vita.
Responsibility: translation and commentary by Steve Mason.

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Refocusing our attention from the personal character and psychological motives of Josephus (which we cannot know) to the work itself (which is before us), Steve Mason brings this narrative to life in new historical and literary contexts. He shows that it is a carefully structured appendix to Josephus' magnum opus, the Judean Antiquities, and that Josephus uses it to unashamedly celebrate his character according to the values and standards of his time. In the process, Josephus explains much about the geography of Galilee and about the social and political world of Judea in crisis. He emerges as a Judean statesman trying to communicate with his peers from other Mediterranean centers. Thus The Life is a rich mine of information, not only about the specifics of the Galilean society and the Judean-Roman war, but also about Roman-provincial relations and elite culture in Judea. --from publisher description.

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