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The introduction to The Jewish War strongly emphasises the importance of an accurate account of the events in line with a Thucydidean preference for akribeia, which was taken up by other authors from the imperial period as well. In line with the Thucydidean ideal of akribeia Josephus is very precise with his time-markers. He frequently offers multiple dates, following Jewish as well as non-Jewish conventions, for the events of his narrative. Prolepses may highlight important themes, emphasise God’s intervention, or pass judgment on characters. Prophecies and dreams are forms of actorial prolepsis typical of Josephus. The confrontation of a character’s explanation of past events in an actorial analepsis with that of the narrator often reveal the narrator’s sympathies and antipathies. Finally, he frequently synchronises reports and clusters stories that share a common theme.

Keywords: akribeia; analepsis; Josephus; prolepsis; The Jewish War



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