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By Frederic Raphael

From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist Frederic Raphael, this is an audacious background of Josephus (37–c.100), the Jewish normal grew to become Roman historian, whose emblematic betrayal is a touchstone for the Jew on my own within the Gentile world.
 
Joseph ben Mattathias’s transformation into Titus Flavius Josephus, historian to the Roman emperor Vespasian, is a gripping and dramatic tale. His existence, within the arms of Frederic Raphael, turns into some extent of departure for an appraisal of Diasporan Jews looking a spot within the dominant cultures they inhabit. Raphael brings a scholar’s rigor, a historian’s viewpoint, and a novelist’s mind's eye to this venture. He is going past the interesting information of Josephus’s lifestyles and his singular literary achievements to check how Josephus has been seen through posterity, discovering in him the prototype for the un-Jewish Jew, the assimilated highbrow, and the abiding apostate: the recurrent figures within the lengthy centuries of the Diaspora. Raphael’s insightful photos of  Yehuda Halevi, Baruch Spinoza, Karl Kraus, Benjamin Disraeli, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Hannah Arendt expand and light up the Josephean worldview Raphael so eloquently lays out.

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When the murder of Gordianus was announced to the senate, it aroused it to select another emperor. It immediately acclaimed Caesar a certain philosopher, Marcus. 32 With him dead, Severus Hostilianus controlled the leadership of the Romans. But he too, almost before he had obtained it, paid his debt. 33 [583] 19 Then, after he had returned, Philippus came into control of the empire of the Romans. During his return, he appointed his son Philippus colleague in his sovereignty. After he had established a truce with Sapor, the ruler of the Persians, he concluded the war against the Persians, having ceded to them Mesopotamia and Armenia.

W. Henkelman (Leiden and Boston MA: Brill, 2007), pp. 272–280, or Kienast, Römische Kaisertabelle. 19 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 21111 folio 1111 2 3111 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 21111 folio EPITOME OF HISTORIES Collected and composed by the monk John Zonaras formerly Grand Commander of the Palace Watch and First Secretary of the Chancery 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 21111 folio 1111 2 3111 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 21111 folio PROLOGUE 1 [3] On target one might, in mockery, say, “Diversion is of greater importance to you than work.

Cf. Scut. pp. 18: [3] With regard to the present work, someone might perhaps accuse us of making our own narrative things which have been described often by many and which are, therefore, known nearly to all. And someone else, too, might say we are ostentatious and showy, reveling in the words of others as of our own, and, like the jackdaw of the tale, winning our own reputation by others’ wings. But I both steadfastly deny that I have made this narrative in ostentation and that I have any deep knowledge whatsoever with reference to its contents, and I grant to him who wishes to name whom he wishes the book’s father.

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