Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome

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Jonathan Edmondson, Steve Mason, James Rives
OUP Oxford, May 19, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 416 pages
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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. For the 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 patronsin Rome? How did the context in which he wrote affect his writing? What do his narratives say or imply about that context? This book brings together contributions from leading international scholars of Josephus and Flavian-Roman history and literature.

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$400 is an absolutely ridiculus price for a single-volume book written in 2005. It may be a really good book, but at that price I'll never know. The author's mother got one for free, I hope, because at that price he'll have to give them away.

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

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