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

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

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

From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist—an audacious history of Josephus, the Jewish general turned Roman historian, whose emblematic betrayal is a touchstone for the singular 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 launching point for an historical appraisal of Diasporan Jews seeking a place in the dominant cultures they inhabit. Raphael brings a scholar's rigor, an historian's intelligence, 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 he has been viewed by posterity, finding in Josephus the prototype for the unJewish Jew, the assimilated intellectual, and the abiding apostate:  the recurrent figures in the long centuries of the Diaspora. Raphael's insightful portraits of figures as diverse as Halevi, Spinoza, Kraus, Disraeli, Wittgenstein, and Arendt extends and illuminates the Josephean worldview he so eloquently lays out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307378163
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.34(d)

About the Author

FREDERIC RAPHAEL was born in 1931. He is the author of more than twenty novels, five 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, among other works, of Petronius' "Satyrica," and is a regular contributor to The Times Literary Supplement.

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JamesCA More than 1 year ago
Frederic Raphael has quite a nack for researching tons of historical data and then presenting a coherent, untangled snapshot of a very busy part of history. Raphael shows how the story and style of writing by Joseph ben Mattathias/Titus Josephus has echoed in many events throughout our common history over the past 2,000 years. The book is not necessarily a quick read, but a very fascinating glimpse into one of my favorite periods of history. JamesCA