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This front matter section of the book The Alexandrian Riots of 38 C.E. and The Persecution of the Jews: A Historical Reconstruction contains the table of contents, acknowledgement, abbreviations and introduction. In the summer of 38 C.E., the multiethnic city of Alexandria in Egypt, having been under Roman rule at that time for 69 years, became a theater of severe disorder. The Jewish politeia, the system of civic laws and regulations that allowed Jews to legally and relatively independently live according to their ancestral customs, was abrogated. Philo of Alexandria, the Jewish philosopher who lived through those events, describes them in two works, In Flaccum and Legatio ad Gaium. Scholars have focused primarily on defining the background and searching for the causes of the riots; the initial stages of this debate were heavily influenced by the experience of nineteenth and twentieth century European Jews.

Keywords: civic laws; European Jews; Philo of Alexandria; Rome



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