By Frederic Raphael
From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist Frederic Raphael, here's 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 by myself 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 lifestyles, 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 point of view, and a novelist’s mind's eye to this undertaking. He is going past the interesting info of Josephus’s existence and his singular literary achievements to check how Josephus has been considered 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 images 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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138 Lawrence (supra note 136), pp. 200–1. The traditional modern name for this building is the Hypostyle Hall. 144–6, on luxury goods from Egypt at Juba’s court, is not anachronistic, Juba I had commercial relations with the Ptolemies, something not unexpected.
138–9; Charles Saumagne, La Numidie et Rome: Massinissa et Jugurtha (Paris 1966), pp. 100–4; see further, Badian (supra note 15), pp. 137–8. Yet emphasis on the legalities of succession can be futile, as often the rules are of no importance; this was to be demonstrated only a generation later with Jugurtha. For the whole issue of succession to ruling power, see the volume Succession to High Ofﬁce, ed. Jack Goody, Cambridge Papers in Social Anthropology 4, 1966, especially pp. 1–56. 39 Yet this three-way rule did not last long, for Gulussa and Mastanabal promptly vanish from the historical record, probably dying soon after their father.
271–2: “From Hiempsal and Hiarbas the road leads straight to . . ” 109 Kontorini (supra note 81), pp. 89–99. 110 Sallust, Jugurtha 17; Paul (supra note 30), p. 74; Victor Matthews, “The libri Punici of King Hiempsal,” AJP 93, 1972, 330–5; Coltelloni-Trannoy, pp. 137–8. Despite the contrary arguments of Syme (supra note 60), p. 153, and Camps (LibAE, supra note 4), pp. 15–16, repeated in his “Hiempsal [Iemsal],” EB 23, 2000, 3464), it seems unlikely that Sallust’s “libri punici . . regis Hiempsalis” refers to the short-lived Hiempsal I, who barely had time to be king before tangling fatally with Jugurtha.
A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus by Frederic Raphael