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A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus

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From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist Frederic Raphael, here is an audacious history of Josephus (37–c.100), the Jewish general turned Roman historian, whose emblematic betrayal is a touchstone for the Jew alone in the Gentile world.

 

Joseph ben Mattathias’s transformation into Titus Flavius Josephus, historian to the Roman emperor Vespasian, is a gripping and dramatic story. His life, in the hands of Frederic Raphael, becomes a point of departure for an appraisal of Diasporan Jews seeking a place in the dominant cultures they inhabit. Raphael brings a scholar’s rigor, a historian’s perspective, and a novelist’s imagination to this project. He goes beyond the fascinating details of Josephus’s life and his singular literary achievements to examine how Josephus has been viewed by posterity, finding in him the prototype for the un-Jewish Jew, the assimilated intellectual, and the abiding apostate: the recurrent figures in the long centuries of the Diaspora. Raphael’s insightful portraits of  Yehuda Halevi, Baruch Spinoza, Karl Kraus, Benjamin Disraeli, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Hannah Arendt extend and illuminate the Josephean worldview Raphael so eloquently lays out.

About the Author

Frederic Raphael is the author of more than twenty novels, f ive volumes of short stories, biographies of Byron and W. Somerset Maugham, and five volumes of his personal notebooks and journals. He is also the translator of, among other works, Petronius’s Satyrica and is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307456359
Author:
Raphael, Frederic
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Raphael, Frederic
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.75 in 0.6481 lb

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History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
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Religion » Judaism » Jewish History

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