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6 Josephus and the Inhabitants of Rome

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This chapter focuses on establishing that Josephus was not a cosseted member of the Flavian court, undertaking a systematic investigation into Josephus' relationships with the emperors in order to build on the consensus that has grown at least within specialized scholarship on Josephus. It speculates regarding possible encounters between Josephus and the legionary legates within the Roman camp, either in its travels to and from Alexandria or at the siege of Jerusalem. Josephus alludes to the tragic death of the young Agrippa III, the nephew of Agrippa II, and his wife in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ad 79, although he never fulfills on his promise to provide further details. Presumably this couple had a villa in the region of Campania on the Bay of Naples, which long served as a vacation destination for the wealthy inhabitants of Rome, but they may have resided more permanently in Rome.

Keywords: inhabitants; Jerusalem; Josephus; Roman camp



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