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Herod, Augustus, And The Special Relationship: The Significance Of The Procuratorship

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The author knows much about the relationship between Augustus and Herod because of the wealth of information preserved by Josephus. This chapter offers a limited vindication of Josephus. He concedes that there is no known Julio-Claudian instance of a client king holding public office, but it also shows that in the early period of the principate the concept of procurator was a very flexible one, going through a process of evolution, that it could suggest a person holding something akin to public office but could also suggest the representative of a principal acting in a private capacity, which is the force it had during the republic.

Keywords: Augustus; Herod; Josephus; Julio-Claudian period; procuratorship



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