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Introduction: Sources and Methodology

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This chapter focuses on the history of the Jews of Italy, from Antiquity to the present. Evidently, the sources for Antiquity, the first period in sequence, differ in many ways from those of subsequent ages. The sources are archaeological, literary, legal and assorted lesser ones which do not fit into one of the larger groups, such as Jewish and non-Jewish, pagan and Christian, Roman and Greek. The archaeological ones range from a few buildings, chiefly synagogues, or rather their remnants, including some of their inscriptions, to cemeteries, mainly catacombs and their epitaphs and inscriptions; the literary output of Greeks, Romans and Jews, in their several languages; as well as the legislation and other legal texts formulated by the Roman authorities and by the rabbis, the latter mostly in Judaea and Babylonia, although a few Italian ones too have survived.

Keywords: Babylonia; Christian; Italy; Jews; Judaea; Rome



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