Iosephus Flavius (Flavius Josephus), Bellum Iudaicum
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A. Author and work

Iosephus Flavius (usually called Flavius Josephus) combines the Jewish with the Roman in his name, influence and work. He was born in AD 37/38 (the first year of the reign of the Emperor Caligula), as Joseph, son of Matthias, into a priestly family of Jerusalem. He fluctuated between support for the Jewish and Roman causes. According to his autobiography (Jos. Vit. 12), I. joined the sect of the Pharisees…

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Bloch, Rene, “Iosephus Flavius (Flavius Josephus), Bellum Iudaicum”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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