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By Frederic Raphael

ISBN-10: 030790783X

ISBN-13: 9780307907837

From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist Frederic Raphael, this is an audacious background of Josephus (37–c.100), the Jewish common became Roman historian, whose emblematic betrayal is a touchstone for the Jew by myself within the Gentile world.

Joseph ben Mattathias’s transformation into Titus Flavius Josephus, historian to the Roman emperor Vespasian, is a gripping and dramatic tale. His existence, within the fingers of Frederic Raphael, turns into some extent of departure for an appraisal of Diasporan Jews looking a spot within the dominant cultures they inhabit. Raphael brings a scholar’s rigor, a historian’s standpoint, and a novelist’s mind's eye to this undertaking. He is going past the attention-grabbing information of Josephus’s existence and his singular literary achievements to ascertain how Josephus has been considered through posterity, discovering in him the prototype for the un-Jewish Jew, the assimilated highbrow, and the abiding apostate: the recurrent figures within the lengthy centuries of the Diaspora. Raphael’s insightful pix of  Yehuda Halevi, Baruch Spinoza, Karl Kraus, Benjamin Disraeli, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Hannah Arendt expand and remove darkness from the Josephean worldview Raphael so eloquently lays out.

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Societies may put up with such circumstances (see Bowsky 1967: 13 on late-medieval Siena, and Cozzi 1973 on Renaissance Venice), as, for instance, the Athenians did, relying on the remedy that any citizen could arrest an outlawed person and hand him over to the magistrates for execution (Dem. 31-2; Lycurg. Against Leocrates 121). Thus, Plato complained that in democracies persons condemned to death or exile could walk about freely (Republic 558a). Under the Empire Pliny, as governor of Bithynia, was embarrassed when he saw criminals who had been condemned to forced labour or to participation in gladiatorial games being employed as paid public slaves by cities such as Nicomedia and Nicaea, even when it was far from clear that they had obtained official pardons (Ep.

183-94). The search for runaway slaves was a special case. The public interest demanded some support for owners in addition to the arrest of fugitives by the tresviri capitales; this could consist of permission to search urban premises in the presence of a public slave 36 Republican principles ofpolicing (Eder 1980: 78-9). Searches for runaways in the countryside were performed by professional slave-catchers. Possessed of hidingplaces, they were in a position to arrange for flight and afterwards offer to buy the alleged fugitives from their owners for a low price; they may also have been involved in outright kidnapping.

3) - were likely to have been accepted, if at all, only from a partisan point of view. Nevertheless, the violent forms of popular justice were understood not as expressing any legal principle distinct from the established order but as anticipating or executing the law by way of self-help. This was the case in certain incidents during the Late Republic47 and increasingly during the Principate. The official sanctions against convicted 'traitors' included destroying their 44 45 46 47 In 67 senatorial opposition to Pompey was expressed in the announcement that he would not escape the fate of Romulus (Plut.

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