Book I of Josephus' 'Bellum Iudaicum' : sources and classical echoes revisited

Anthony J. Forte
2019
The Bellum Iudaicum by Flavius Josephus is a complex literary project, which, at least in part, seeks to link the causes and consequences of the fall of Jerusalem. This study began through an interest in revisiting the basis for the classical literature which other scholars had already detected in the work. Josephus' debt to Tacitus and Greek historians has been noted and debated for centuries. However, the present study brings the reader not only certain echoes of Tacitus not previously
more » ... t previously mentioned, but also marks of other exponents of Greek literature who had remained unnoticed.The language of the tragic poets provided Flavius Josephus with a means as much to seduce a non-Jewish audience, as to guide Jewish readers collectively towards a deeper understanding of the tragic nature of the story.
doi:10.34632/didaskalia.2006.1735 fatcat:fdxuduqod5e5zfntev6fxoqaje