Jewish Antiquities, Volume II: Books 4-6

Jewish Antiquities, Volume II: Books 4-6


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Josephus, soldier, statesman, historian, was a Jew born at Jerusalem about 37 CE. A man of high descent, he early became learned in Jewish law and Greek literature and was a Pharisee. After pleading in Rome the cause of some Jewish priests he returned to Jerusalem and in 66 tried to prevent revolt against Rome, managing for the Jews the affairs of Galilee. In the troubles which followed he made his peace with Vespasian. Present at the siege of Jerusalem by Titus, he received favours from these two as emperors and from Domitian and assumed their family name Flavius. He died after 97.

As a historical source Josephus is invaluable. His major works are: History of the Jewish War, in seven books, from 170 BCE to his own time, first written in Aramaic but translated by himself into the Greek we now have; and Jewish Antiquities, in twenty books, from the creation of the world to 66 CE. The Loeb Classical Library edition of the works of Josephus also includes the autobiographical Life and his treatise Against Apion.

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ISBN-13: 9780674995390
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1930
Series: Loeb Classical Library , #490
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 1,028,023
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.38(h) x 1.16(d)

About the Author

Henry St. John Thackeray (1869–1930) was Grinfield Lecturer on the Septuagint at Oxford University.

Ralph Marcus (1900–1956) taught at the Jewish Institute of Religion at Columbia and at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents


The Jewish Antiquities

Book IV

Book V

Book VI

Appendix. Ancient Table of Contents

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