Download e-book for kindle: A History of the Jewish War: AD 66-74 by Steve Mason

By Steve Mason

A clash that erupted among Roman legions and a few Judaeans in past due A.D. sixty six had an incalculable effect on Rome's actual visual appeal and imperial governance; on historic Jews bereft in their mother-city and temple; and on early Christian fortunes. old scholarship and cinema alike are likely to see the clash because the end result of lengthy Jewish resistance to Roman oppression. during this quantity, Steve Mason re-examines the conflict in all appropriate contexts (e.g., the Parthian measurement, Judaea's position in Roman Syria) and levels, from the Hasmoneans to the autumn of Masada. Mason techniques each one subject as a ancient research, clarifying difficulties that have to be solved, realizing the on hand facts, and contemplating eventualities that will clarify the facts. the best reconstructions make the clash extra humanly intelligible whereas casting doubt on got wisdom.

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The inclusive century from Augustus’ triumph would therefore have to do. It was close enough for providential reverberations. Imperial triumphs: performance anxiety and sham To understand the Flavian triumph itself, we need to bear in mind the great models, especially the two mentioned above, which must have been in the minds of Flavian planners and informed Romans alike. Our reports of the Republican events should not, of course, be mistaken for factual reporting. They likely include false memories of “the good old days” and various kinds of literary embellishment long after the fact.

After the bar had been raised even higher by the monumental triumphs of Pompey and Augustus, first-century emperors understandably felt performance anxiety. Their withdrawal of triumphs from field commanders who might become rivals, politically necessary though this was, placed enormous pressure on themselves. Each man had to appear supremely deserving of all the honour he was hoarding. But what could a serving emperor triumph for? Going to war could get him killed. Second-century emperors would decide they had no choice but to become a “fellow-soldier” if they hoped to keep the army’s loyalty and pre-empt challenge from popular commanders,55 but the Julio-Claudians had not yet embraced this reality.

Josephus is duly impressed by the display produced, but this is not because he recognizes it from Judaea. 133–37, 140). But what is it? 133). 135), “woven carpets in the rarest purple . . 134). 135). This language suggests broadly eastern themes. 83 Are these Judaean spoils at all, then? There is no good reason to think so. 212–14), as a oneoff wonder, but many such curtains are on display here. 135). 84 The gold crowns evoke the luxury of eastern potentates, or perhaps Roman largesse, not the scenes of Flavian prowess in rural Galilee or Peraea or the capital Jerusalem.

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