By Frederic Raphael
From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist Frederic Raphael, here's an audacious heritage 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 existence, within the palms of Frederic Raphael, turns into some degree 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 attention-grabbing information of Josephus’s existence and his singular literary achievements to ascertain 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 pics 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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Pergamum (Bergama, Turkey), Acropolis Theatre. Last quarter of 3rd cent. bc. View of cavea looking south 121. Priene (Güllübahçe, Turkey), theatre. Cavea and skene 1st half of 3rd cent. bc. Cavea, orchestra, and skene looking south 122. Aspendus (Belkiz, Turkey), theatre. ad 161–9. View of theatre from behind the curved outer wall, looking east 123. Aspendus (Belkiz, Turkey), theatre. Cavea, orchestra, and scene building, looking north. The north tribunal is visible above the north aditus maximus.
Martial, De Spect. 3. 1. 42 See a fragment of the comic poet, Alexis 41 K. 43 ILLRP 719 = Fredericksen, Campania, 282, no 17. 44 They were the nearest equivalent to the Republican magistri. Rawson, ‘Discrimina Ordinum’, 101. 45 J. Formigé, ‘Remarques diverses sur les théâtres romains à propos de ceux d’Arles et d’Orange’, Mém. Ac. Inscr. 13 (1914), 46. 46 In a letter to Cicero in 43 bc (Ad Fam. 10. 32. 2), C. Asinius Pollio describes the staging of a fabula praetexta by the quaestor Balbus at Gades.
A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus by Frederic Raphael