Josephus, the Emperors, and the City of Rome

From Hostage to Historian

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In Josephus, the Emperors, and the City of Rome William den Hollander places under the microscope the Judaean historian's own account of the latter part of his life, following his first encounters with the Romans. Episodes of Josephus' life, such as his embassy to Rome prior to the outbreak of the 1st Judaean Revolt, his prophetic pronouncement of Vespasian's imminent rise to the imperial throne, and his time in the Roman prisoner-of-war camp, are subjected to rigorous analysis and evaluated against the broader ancient evidence by the application of a vivid historical imagination. Den Hollander also explores at great length the relationships formed by Josephus with the Flavian emperors and other individuals of note within the Roman army camp and, later, in the city of Rome. He builds solidly on recent trends in Josephan research that emphasize Josephus' distance from the corridors of power.
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Biographical Note

William den Hollander, Ph.D. (2012), Collaborative Programme in Ancient History between York University (History) and the University of Toronto (Classics), is currently studying for a Master of Divinity degree at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Review Quotes

…den Hollander's insistence on using our knowledge of Flavian Rome to shape our reading of Josephus. That Josephus needs to be understood and evaluated in light of contemporary literature and history is an important step forward in the scholarly attempt to reconstruct the historical Josephus and his place within his Roman environment.

Sean A. Adams, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, (18.06.2014)

Readership

Students, scholars, and educated laymen interested in Josephan studies specifically, but also those interested more broadly in classical antiquity and particularly the place of the Jews (Judaeans) in the ancient world.