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3 Josephus and Vespasian

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This chapter explores the opportunities for the development of a relationship between Josephus and Vespasian during his incarceration, using general evidence for the nature of captivity in the Roman world to evaluate Josephus' narrative claims. A similar approach will be taken to Josephus' famous prediction that Vespasian would become emperor of the Roman world by placing that event in the context of the other omina imperii forecasting Vespasian's accession. It investigates the nature of Vespasian's involvement in the production of the Judaean War by evaluating the historian's writing activities within the broader cultural programme of Vespasian and against the backdrop of the processes surrounding the circulation of literary texts in the ancient world. The other interactions between the two individuals viewed within the context of traditional patron-client relations between the emperor and the public in order to establish the level of intimacy between the Judaean historian and the Flavian emperor.

Keywords: Josephus; omina imperii; Roman world; Vespasian



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