Josephus and the Politics of Historiography: Apologetic and by Gottfried Mader

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1-2, trans. I. 51-52). 127-146, where Herod invokes the typical Roman categories to justify taking up arms against Nabatean aggression;36 and the historian appears also to have recognized the polemical potential in applying this concept to his characterization of Jews and Romans. From the perspective of the bellum iustum, therefore, Zealot guilt set against the innocentia of Titus gives Josephus’ indictment a distinctive Roman moral and legalistic complexion —a point which would not have been lost on his Roman audience.

Ich schwöre, daß das keine Komödie ist. —Freilich nicht, überall blitzt etwas wirkliches durch. Das ist ja das Entzückende. Arthur Schnitzler, Der grüne Kakadu (1898). Wirklichkeit verschwindet im Nebel der Deutung. Der Wille und wie wir ihn sehen sollen, wird Realität. Thomas Meyer, Die Inszenierung des Scheins (1992) 11. Josèphe a si habilement dissimulé les motivations religieuses des Insurgés en n’éclairant que l’aspect politique de leur mouvement que nombreux sont, aujourd’hui encore, les historiens qui hésitent ou se refusent à en admettre la réalité.

1 Macc. 15-22, esp. 290, 408-409. 330, just before the final Roman assault on Jerusalem, acquires added point: ‘Well, gentlemen, are you now satisfied with your country’s sufferings?... Did you rely on numbers? Why, a mere fraction of the Roman army was sufficient to deal with you’. g. 20). 41 Hengel (1976) 290 conjectures, ‘Sehr wahrscheinlich sahen die radikalen Gruppen darin den Auftakt zum eschatologischen Endkampf’. Cf. Horsley (1986 b) 52, ‘The rout of Cestius and “liberation” of the city must have intensified the revolutionary spirit to fever pitch’.

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