By Frederic Raphael
From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist Frederic Raphael, here's an audacious heritage of Josephus (37–c.100), the Jewish basic became Roman historian, whose emblematic betrayal is a touchstone for the Jew on my own within the Gentile world.
Joseph ben Mattathias’s transformation into Titus Flavius Josephus, historian to the Roman emperor Vespasian, is a gripping and dramatic tale. His lifestyles, within the palms of Frederic Raphael, turns into some degree of departure for an appraisal of Diasporan Jews looking a spot within the dominant cultures they inhabit. Raphael brings a scholar’s rigor, a historian’s standpoint, and a novelist’s mind's eye to this venture. He is going past the attention-grabbing info of Josephus’s lifestyles and his singular literary achievements to check how Josephus has been seen via posterity, discovering in him the prototype for the un-Jewish Jew, the assimilated highbrow, and the abiding apostate: the recurrent figures within the lengthy centuries of the Diaspora. Raphael’s insightful snap shots of Yehuda Halevi, Baruch Spinoza, Karl Kraus, Benjamin Disraeli, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Hannah Arendt expand and remove darkness from the Josephean worldview Raphael so eloquently lays out.
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Had he not also intended to give Babylon a place of prominence (like that of Alexandria) within his empire, if not to make it his capital? As for Antigonus Monophthalmus, whose old satrapies were restored, he was 37 39 Goukowsky 1978, 198: (A 19). Funck 1974, 5°5ff-: (c 27). M Errington 1976, 158-9: (A 14). Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 ANTIGONUS MONOPHTHALMUS 39 charged with waging the war against Eumenes of Cardia, whom the assembly had condemned to death immediately the fate of Craterus was known.
Alexander had a half-brother, Arrhidaeus, a bastard of Philip II, who could have made an acceptable successor, in law at least, for in fact he was incapable of taking on the tasks left by Alexander, being an epileptic and retarded. Despite the unpromising prospects raised by the possibility of a recognition of Arrhidaeus, the memory of Philip II and of Alexander left so strong an impression on those who survived them (an impression stronger, no doubt, than the simple feeling of loyalty to the dynasty) that no one dared or even thought to raise the dynastic question.
On the following day the conspirators invited Ptolemy, who had immediately joined them, to assume the functions of Perdiccas and the guardianship of the kings. Ptolemy 27 T h e t r a d i t i o n is c o n f u s e d : A r r . Utad. frs. i . 1; P a u s . 3; D i o d . x v m . 2 6 - 8 . Cf. : (A 14). 28 D i o d . XVIII. 1 9 - 2 1 ; A r r . Diad. fr. 16-19; J u s t , x m . 6 . 2 0 ; Marm. Par. B 11. E p i g r a p h i c a l text of the ' C y r e n e c h a r t e r ' : SEC I X . I (1938) n o . 1; G l o t z etal.
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