Josephus and Greek Imperial Literature

Eran Almagor

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Traditionally, Flavius Josephus has not been considered a figure properly belonging to a study of Greek imperial literature. He was perceived as too foreign in the eyes of scholars who have emphasized the Hellenic character and substance of the cultural activity associated with the so-called Greek "Renaissance". Another attitude has highlighted the practical rather than the literary importance of the intellectual figures, sophists or men of letters at that period, as mediators between the imperial center and the periphery, and hence has tended to ignore Josephus. This chapter examines features found within Josephus's works as part of the cultural trends in the surrounding Greek-speaking world, to which he was without doubt exposed in various degrees. It presents a case for viewing Josephus as being right in the thick of late first-century cultural activity surrounding the production of literature, especially oratory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Josephus
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781118325162
ISBN (Print)9781444335330
StatePublished - 31 Oct 2015


  • Flavius Josephus
  • Greek contemporaries
  • Greek imperial literature
  • Greek sophists

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  • Arts and Humanities (all)


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