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Spring 38 C.E

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P. Yale II 107 is hopelessly broken or lost at the end of the fragment containing Gaius' letter and no external evidence recalls the event. According to Philo, the new course of Roman politics in the aftermath of the emperor's convalescence affected Alexandria negatively. Philo lists a series of growing concerns that Flaccus felt jeopardized his position. Dionysios, Lampon and Isidoros' enmity towards the Jews is documented outside Philo's narrative. The two premises on the basis of which Philo blames the prefect for persecuting the Jews in In Flaccum lie in jeopardy. According to Philo's construct, the first evidence for Flaccus' collusion with the anti-Jewish faction of Alexandria is the prefect's partiality in legal cases involving the Jews. The spring of 38 C.E. brought Alexandria the news of Macro's death, of Flaccus confirmation in office, and probably also Gaius' decretum and the court's obligation to apply it.

Keywords: Alexandrian Jew; Dionysios; Flaccus; Gaius' decretum; Gaius' letter; Isidoros; P. Yale II 107; Philo; Roman politics; Spring 38 C.E.



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