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De Bello Judaico [with] De Antiquitate Judaeorum Contra Apionemby Flavius Josephus and Rufinus Aquileiensis and Ludovicus Cendrata
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De Bello Judaico. [And] De Antiquitate Judaeorum Contra Apionem. Verona, Petrus Maufer, 1480.
Folio, (283x199mm), 211 of 214 original leaves. 36 lines. Rubricated capitals. Bound in a parchment sheet from a manuscript missal.
Collation: New front endpaper, 2 blank leaves (supplied, laid paper, separate watermark from text pages), 2 facsimile "preliminary" text pages (often cited as lacking) and facsimile blank tipped in, a9 (a1-a9) b8 c6 d8-x8 y6, A8-C8 D6, blank, new rear endpaper.
Occasional marginalia. Ex libris notation on the penultimate page dated 1575. Occasional minor staining to pages. Very good condition. Goff J-484, BMC VII p. 951.
De Bello Judaico or The Jewish War was originally composed in Aramaic and Greek. This fourth edition was translated into Latin by Rufus of Aquileia. It is the first to be printed in roman letter and the first to be printed in Italy.
The Jewish War tells the history of the Jewish people from the time of the Maccabbees to the insurrections against the Romans ending in 73 CE. The work was written during the reign of Vespasian whose army defeated Josephus at Jotapata in 67 and imprisoned him in Alexandria. Josephus soon found favor with the Roman emperor and accompanied Vespasian's son Titus to Palestine where he took part in the seige of Jerusalem in the year 70. Five of the seven books in The Jewish War recount the insurrections. Josephus was made a Roman citizen and rewarded with land in Judea, but lived in Rome, devoting himself to writing and the service of the Flavian emperors.
The appended De Antiquitate Judaeorum Contra Apionem is a "systematic apology for Judaism in replay to various attacks" (Schaef-Herzog), probably written later than 93 CE. Jamie McNulty, Powells.com
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