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Josephus Geographicus

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Why did ancient historians include geographical descriptions in their historical works? How does the spatial description fulfill its goal? In this book, Yuval Shahar discusses these two questions, showing that the answers depend on the particular historian and the genre in which he is writing. He analyzes and compares the presentation of geographical space in the writings of Herodotus, Thucydides, Polybius and Strabo, with selected illustrations from early Latin historiography. It is clear from this that Flavius Josephus consciously and definitively follows the generic approach of Polybius and Strabo. Moreover, Josephus' descriptions of parts of the Land of Israel are structured in the same way as the descriptions in Strabo's Geography, and reflect a hidden dialogue between Josephus and Strabo. Awareness of these generic characteristics enables a new reading of some of Josephus' most famous descriptions, such as Jotapata, Gamala and Masada, and establishes his credibility.

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Born 1953; studied Jewish History and Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University; currently Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jewish History and Head of The Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities, Tel Aviv University.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Josephus Geographicus
Untertitel: The Classical Context of Geography in Josephus
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EAN: 9783161482564
ISBN: 978-3-16-148256-4
Format: Fester Einband
Herausgeber: Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Co. K
Genre: Judentum
Anzahl Seiten: 305
Gewicht: 589g
Größe: H235mm x B162mm x T25mm
Veröffentlichung: 01.02.2004
Jahr: 2004
Auflage: 1. Auflage

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