This volume gathers sixteen essays on monarchy and power in the Hellenistic period and charts a new approach to Hellenistic history by focusing attention on biblical and Jewish evidence and reading that evidence in new ways. The essays consider the kings, queens, and power figures of the Hellenistic dynasties, as well as ancient Israelite kings, the Babylonian and Persian rulers of the Bible, Parthians, and Romans. The volume also represents a new kind of interpretation of the Greek Bible (Septuagint) and of the Jewish literature of the period, setting them in the context of Hellenistic political thought and practice.
About the Author
Tessa Rajak is Professor of Ancient History, University of Reading, and Horace W. Goldsmith Visiting Professor at Yale. She was Codirector of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Parkes Greek Bible in the Graeco-Roman World Project. Her many publications include Josephus: The Historian and his Society. Sarah Pearce is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Southampton and was Codirector of the AHRC Parkes Greek Bible in the Graeco-Roman World Project. She is the author of The Land of the Body: Studies in Philo's Representation of Egypt. James Aitken was Research Fellow of the AHRC Parkes
Institute Greek Bible in the Graeco-Roman World Project and is currently Teaching Fellow in Hebrew and Aramaic at Cambridge University. He is the author of The Semantics of Blessing and Cursing in Ancient Hebrew. Jennifer Dines was Research Associate of the AHRC Parkes
Institute Greek Bible in the Graeco-Roman World Project and a former Lecturer at Heythrop College, University of London. She is the author of a classic handbook, The Septuagint.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Tessa Rajakpart one: theories and practices of hellenistic rulers1. Philosophy and Monarchy in the Hellenistic World Oswyn Murray2. The Character of Ptolemaic Aristocracy: Problems of Definition and Evidence Jane Rowlandsonpart two: rulers in greek-jewish texts3. Persia through the Jewish Looking-Glass Erich Gruen4. Ben Sira on Kings and Kingship Benjamin Wright5. The Image of the Oriental Monarch in the Third Book of MaccabeesPhilip Alexander and Loveday Alexander6. The Angry Tyrant Tessa Rajak7. The Narrative Function of the King and the Library in the Letter of Aristeas Sylvie Honigman8. Kingship and Banditry: The Parthian Empire and Its Western SubjectsRichard Fowlerpart three: light from the septuagint translators?9. Translating for Ptolemy: Patriotism and Politics in the Greek Pentateuch? Sarah Pearce10. Poet and Critic: Royal Ideology and the Greek Translator of Proverbs James Aitken11. The King’s Good Servant? Loyalty, Subversion, and Greek DanielJennifer Dines12. The Terminology of Government in the Septuagintin Comparison with Hebrew, Aramaic, and Other Languages Lester Grabbe13. The Court Function of the Interpreter in Genesis 42.23 and Early Greek Papyri Trevor Evanspart four: ideologies of jewish rule14. The Greek Bible and Jewish Concepts of Royal Priesthood and Priestly Monarchy Arie van der Kooij15. Royal Ideology: 1 and 2 Maccabees and Egypt Jan Willem van Henten16. Constructing Kingsfrom the Ptolemies to the Herodians: The Archaeological Evidence Douglas Edwardscumulative bibliography list of contributors indexesgeneral ancient sources modern authors