Reading Josephus in the Twelfth-Century Latin East

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This paper examines the reception of Flavius Josephus in the twelfth-century Latin East. I argue that, for the Franks who settled the Levant, the writings of Josephus possessed an urgency and significance not experienced by their European counterparts. Rather than identifying with the besieging Romans in Josephus' narrative, Frankish authors viewed these events through the eyes of the Jews. Josephus’ Jewish War thus became, instead of a text of glorious vindication, a chilling parable of what awaited the Franks if they neglected to mend their own sinful ways.
Periode29. nov. 2018
BegivenhedstitelTransformations and Translocations: A Workshop
PlaceringYork, Storbritannien