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Josephus The Stage Manager At The Service Of Josephus The Dramatist: Masada As Test Case

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The stage manager sets on his stage only those accessories which are necessary to the plot. The historian delineates the scenery with his words. Josephus used his topographical terms very precisely in delineating the arena of Masada. In this chapter, the author uses the example of the sentences which connect the path that comes from the west with the palace and the akra. Even before his description of Masada, Josephus tells his reader that Silva, the Roman general, encamped at a spot which he selected as most convenient for siege operations, where the rocks of the fortress abutted on the adjacent mountain. Here Josephus takes great care to distinguish between Masada, the rock and the fortress, and between the mountains. The chapter considers Josephus descriptions of Masada as compared to his descriptions of other battle sites.

Keywords: akra; Josephus; Masada; stage manager



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