Josephus, Publication, and Audiences: A Response

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In Zutot 6 (2009), Luuk Huitink and Jan Willem van Henten presented the journal’s readers with an effort to advance the discussion of Josephus’ ancient audiences, by challenging my interpretation of Josephus’ work, which has taken into account scholarship on book production in first-century Rome. Since they misreported my work, and ignored the only essay I have devoted to the subject, their essay misfired. I am grateful to the editors of Zutot for a chance to correct their misrepresentation.

Josephus, Publication, and Audiences: A Response

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L. Huitink and J.W. van Henten‘The Publication of Flavius Josephus’ Works and their Audiences,’ Zutot 6 (2009) 49–60esp. 60.


S. Mason‘Of Audience and Meaning: Reading Josephus’ Bellum Iudaicum in the Context of a Flavian Audience’ in J. Sievers and G. Lembi eds. Josephus and Jewish History in Flavian Rome and Beyond (Leiden 2005) 70–100.


Huitink and Van Henten‘Publication’ 49.


Huitink and Van Henten‘Publication’ 50.


P. White‘The Friends of Martial, Statius, and Pliny, and the Dispersal of Patronage,’ Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 79 (1975) 265–300; T.P. Wiseman Roman Studies: Literary and Historical (Liverpool 1987) esp. 252–256.


N. Luraghi‘Author and Audience in Thucydides’ Archaeology: Some Reflections,’ Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 100 (2000) 227–239esp. 228.


V. Tcherikover‘Jewish Apologetic Literature Reconsidered,’ Eos 48 (1956) 169–193esp. 186.


Cf. R. Starr‘The Circulation of Texts in the Classical World,’ Mnemosyne 40 (1987) 213–223; C. Salles Lire à Rome (Paris 1992) 94–110; E. Fantham Roman Literary Culture: From Cicero to Apuleius (Baltimore 1996) 120–121 183–221; D. Potter Literary Texts and the Roman Historian (London 1999) 23–44; C. Pelling Literary Texts and the Greek Historian (London 2000) 1–17. Such authoritative surveys of individual texts as the Cambridge History of Classical Literature (Cambridge 1982–1989) and G.B. Conte’s Latin Literature: A History trans. J.B. Sodolow (Baltimore 1994) likewise display the classicist’s familiar focus on the social context of each author as do countless articles on literary patronage and literary circles.


SallesLire à Rome156.


Starr‘Circulation’ 216–217.


Huitink and Van Henten‘Publication’ 54.


Huitink and Van Henten‘Publication’ 57.


LucianHist. conscr. 14–15 17 23.


Huitink and Van Henten‘Publication’ 58.


Huitink and Van Henten‘Publication’ 58. Cf. R.R. Nauta Poetry for Patrons: Literary Communication in the Age of Domitian (Leiden 2002).


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