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Herod, Josephus, And Laqueur: A Reconsideration

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This chapter introduces the person and methods of Richard Laqueurand then to test his conclusions as to the relations between Josephus two works, using a selection of passages. It focuses on understanding the literary relationship between War and Antiquities, especially where Herodand in a limited way his relation with Augustusis concerned. The chapter then concentrates on three enigmatic figures: Herod, Josephus, and Laqueurwith brief comments on Augustus. Flavius Josephus tried twice to write a biography of Herod, with questionable results. Richard Laqueur attempted a biography of Josephus, without being entirely successful. So the chapter provides biographical remarks about Laqueur, although they too will fail to do justice to this extraordinary person.

Keywords: antiquities; Augustus; Flavius Josephus; Herod; Richard Laqueur; war

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