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By Steve Mason

ISBN-10: 052185329X

ISBN-13: 9780521853293

A clash that erupted among Roman legions and a few Judaeans in overdue A.D. sixty six had an incalculable effect on Rome's actual visual appeal and imperial governance; on historical Jews bereft in their mother-city and temple; and on early Christian fortunes. ancient scholarship and cinema alike are likely to see the clash because the fruits of lengthy Jewish resistance to Roman oppression. during this quantity, Steve Mason re-examines the conflict in all suitable contexts (e.g., the Parthian measurement, Judaea's position in Roman Syria) and stages, from the Hasmoneans to the autumn of Masada. Mason ways each one subject as a historic research, clarifying difficulties that have to be solved, realizing the on hand proof, and contemplating situations that will clarify the facts. the best reconstructions make the clash extra humanly intelligible whereas casting doubt on got wisdom.

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When it was announced that he had met his end, everyone shouted for joy and the sacrifices began. The other 700 Judaean prisoners, including John of Gischala, will not be killed today. 153–57). Read as part of Josephus’ story, the Flavians’ choice of Simon as enemy general is a shrewd one. In the narrative he is anything but a representative Judaean: a nogoodnik of the first water, hated by everyone, and not even from Jerusalem. A callous troublemaker by nature, he brutally handles everyone he meets: distinguished Judaeans, innocent villagers of Idumaea and Samaria, Cestius Gallus’ legion, or Zealots in Jerusalem.

Their toughest site before the siege of Jerusalem, aside from his own redoubt in Galilee’s Iotapata, is Gamala in the territory of Agrippa II 89 Quintilian, Inst. 67–70. Cf. Chapter 7 for Josephus’ own parallels with Quintilian’s prescriptions. A FAMOUS AND UNKNOWN WAR (Chapter 6). 65–69, 81–83). Galilee as a whole falls rapidly and without notable fighting, aside from Iotapata, and those unlucky enough to be caught in postures of resistance died. Josephus himself survived only through a unique string of lucky circumstances (Chapter 2).

45 [Kaibel]. 357). 671). 235). 105). 14). 498–500; cf. 15. 25 26 CONTEXTS jewel-encrusted specimens come from Jerusalem. Anyway, it seems that no monarchs were harmed in their appropriation. 136, 141, 151), not the derivative for “ivory,” which he uses for the ivory chairs (above) but the whole beast for the part. This again suggests general eastern-exotic realms rather than elephant-free Judaea. He encourages the surmise that the parade organizers scavenged whatever they could to dazzle Rome’s populace, who were neither art critics nor historians.

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