The Jewish War (Penguin Black Classics Series)
'It is God then, God Himself who is bringing with the Romans fire to purge the Temple and is blotting out the City, brimful of corruption.' Josephus' account of a war marked by treachery and atrocity is a superbly detailed...
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'It is God then, God Himself who is bringing with the Romans fire to purge the Temple and is blotting out the City, brimful of corruption.'
Josephus' account of a war marked by treachery and atrocity is a superbly detailed and evocative record of the Jewish rebellion against Rome between AD 66 and 70. Originally a rebel leader, Josephus changed sides after he was captured to become a Rome-appointed negotiator, and so was uniquely placed to observe these turbulent events, from the siege of Jerusalem to the final heroic resistance and mass suicides at Masada. His account provides much of what we know about the history of the Jews under Roman rule, with vivid portraits of key figures such as the Emperor Vespasian and Herod the Great. Often self-justifying and divided in its loyalties, The Jewish War nevertheless remains one of the most immediate accounts ever written of war, its heroism and its horrors.
Flavius Josphus (c. A.D. 37-100) was born to an aristocratic Jewish family, served as a priest, and later became the commander of Jewish forces in Galilee following the revolt against Rome that began A.D. 66. Captured by the Romans, Josephus spent his later life in Rome under the patronage of the Roman emperors where he composed his history of the Jewish people and his account of the Jewish war that led to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in A.D. 70.
- :the Jewish War - Josephus Foreword To This Edition<br>introduction<br>josephus' Life<br>josephus' Works<br>josephus As A Historian<br><p>the Jewish War<p>preface<br>1. Herod's Predecessors<br>2. Herod's Rise To Power<br>3. Herod Master Of Palestine<br>4. Herod's Murder Of Mariamme And Her Children<br>5. Herod's Murder Of His Heir, And Death<br>6. The Rise And Fall Of Archelaus<br>7. Judaea Under Roman Rule<br>8. War Clouds<br>9. The Outbreak Of War<br>10. Josephus Governor Of Galilee<br>11. The Coming Of Vespasian And Titus<br>12. Josephus The Prisoner Of Vespasian<br>13. Vespasian's Conquering Advance<br>14. Factions In Jerusalem<br>15. Atrocities In The City. Vespasian's Intervention<br>16. Vespasian Emperor<br>17. The Siege Of Jerusalem - First Stages<br>18. Two Walls Captured<br>19. The Horrors Of The Siege<br>20. Antonia Captured And Destroyed<br>21. The Temple Burnt And The City Taken<br>22. Jerusalem Destroyed: Roman Celebrations<br>23. Cleaning-up Operations<br>notes<br>appendixes:<br>a. Bandits, Terrorists, Sicarii And Zealots<br>b. Roman Provincial Administration And Defence<br>c. Money<br>d. Josephus' Calendar<br>e. Qumran<br>f. The Slavonic Versions Of <i>the Jewish War</i><br>chronological Table<br>maps And Plans:<br>the Eastern Mediterranean<br>palestine<br>jerusalem In A. D. 70<br>herod's Temple Enclosure<br>herod's Temple<br>the Herodian Family<br>glossary Of Technical Terms<br>bibliography<br>index<br></p></p>