The Future of Rome: Roman, Greek, Jewish and Christian Visions

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Jonathan J. Price, Katell Berthelot
Cambridge University Press, Oct 8, 2020 - History
How was the future of Rome, both near and distant in time, imagined by different populations living under the Roman Empire? It emerges from this collection of essays by a distinguished international team of scholars that Romans, Greeks, Jews and Christians had strikingly different answers to that question, revealing profound differences in their conceptions of history and historical time, the purpose of history, the meaning of written words and oral traditions. It is also argued that practically no one living under Rome's rule, including the Romans themselves, did not think about the question in one form or another.
 

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Contents

Jewish Hopes
12
Some Remarks on Ciceros Perception of the Future of Rome
17
Eclogue 4 and the Futures of Rome
32
Romes Future in Augustan Epic
47
Posterity in the Arval Acta
64
The Future of Rome in Three Greek Historians of Rome
85
Philo on the Impermanence of Empires
112
Agrippa IIs
130
The Sibylline Oracles and Resistance to Rome
189
A Prophetic Vision of the Destruction
206
Pagan Messianism
227
The Latin Conceptions
245
Appendix
259
Bibliography
274
Index Locorum
298
Index of Names and Places
311

Josephus Caligula and the Future of Rome
155

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About the author (2020)

Jonathan Price is Lessing Professor of Ancient History at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Jerusalem Under Siege: The Collapse of the Jewish State, 66-70 C.E. (1992), Thucydides and Internal Conflict (Cambridge, 2002), and dozens of articles on Greek and Roman historiography, the Jews under Roman rule, and epigraphy in Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic. He is the editor of the Jewish inscriptions for the Corpus Inscriptionum Iudaeae/Palaestinae: A Multi-lingual corpus of the Inscriptions from Alexander to Muhammad (CIIP) (5 volumes, 2010-2020).

Katell Berthelot is a CNRS Professor within the University of Aix-Marseille, working on the history of Judaism in the Hellenistic and Roman period. Her most recent book is In Search of the Promised Land? The Hasmonean Dynasty Between Biblical Models and Hellenistic Diplomacy (2018). She has received a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council, to work on the political and religious challenge posed by the Roman Empire to the Jews (www.judaism-and-rome.org).

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