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4 Josephus and Titus

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This chapter examines the details provided by Josephus in his narratives regarding his activities within the Roman camp after the departure of Vespasian. It considers Josephus' involvement after the successful capture of Jerusalem in the mop-up exercises and the journey to Rome. The chapter examines actions of the Josephus towards fellow Judaeans as a broker of Titus' beneficia. It looks at Josephus himself in his status as client of Titus, as recipient rather than distributor of philanthropia. The chapter considers not only the privileges and honours Josephus claims to have received while still in Judaea, but also those that he credits Titus with having provided once he was settled in Rome. In his later work Against Apion, Josephus reveals that his linguistic and cultural qualifications made him useful not only for interpreting and mediating, but also for the important task of interviewing the deserters who escaped to the Roman camp.

Keywords: Against Apion; beneficia; Josephus; Roman camp; Titus; Vespasian



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