By Frederic Raphael
From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist Frederic Raphael, this is an audacious background of Josephus (37–c.100), the Jewish basic became 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 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 ascertain how Josephus has been considered by means of 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 pix of Yehuda Halevi, Baruch Spinoza, Karl Kraus, Benjamin Disraeli, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Hannah Arendt expand and remove darkness from the Josephean worldview Raphael so eloquently lays out.
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Abernethy; 2. Dunning; 3. Stracathro; 4. Dalginross. (© Author, after Maxwell) BOTTOM A length of rampart and ditch belonging to the north-west side of the Roman marching camp at Dunning, where they have been preserved in Kincladie Wood. (© Alan Leslie) 40 established a permanent fort at Carlisle. But archaeology seldom produces such an accurate foundation date, and other forts throughout the north of England can be assigned only very broadly to the Flavian period on the basis of their pottery and coins.
85–86). Traditionally, archaeologists have concentrated their limited budgets on examining the defences and the gateways of marching camps, as the most obvious features visible on aerial photographs. The interior space was usually ignored, on the grounds that, most probably, it would be archaeologically sterile, since it had contained only tents. The occasional observation of lines of rubbish pits, notably inside the camps at Glenlochar, Dalginross and Stracathro, was dismissed as an aberration, without exploring the possibility that temporary accommodation could mean days or weeks, rather than the assumed overnight stop.
1), and follows up with some lurid details of their clumsy voyage, before concluding with the remark that ‘in this way, they sailed around Britain’ (Agr. 3). , Agr. 1) became so famous that Cassius Dio incorporated it into his Roman History, from where it was excerpted by Xiphilinus, in the mistaken belief that it was only on account of their voyage that Britain was found to be an island. However, as we shall see, Agricola himself arranged for a seaborne reconnaissance to complete his governorship.
A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus by Frederic Raphael