Josephus and other Jews: Piety and Schism, Faith and Intelligence in Jewish History and Culture

Martin Goodman, Frederic Raphael

Chair: Armand D'Angour

08/03/2020 2:00 pm
Kings Place, Hall 2

Titus Flavius Josephus (born as Joseph ben Mattathias) was a Jewish general turned Roman historian and the author of The Jewish War, an account of the Jewish revolt against Rome and one of the greatest war narratives ever written. A diaspora writer, he wrote in Greek for an audience of both Jews and non-Jews. Martin Goodman and Frederic Raphael discuss the role of Josephus as a paradigm in interpreting Jewish culture.

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Martin Goodman

Martin Goodman is Professor of Jewish studies at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Wolfson College. His many books include Josephus\'s The Jewish War: A Biography (Princeton), A History of Judaism (Princeton), Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations, and The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies. He lives in Oxford, England.

Frederic Raphael

Frederic Raphael is the author of 20 novels and several essay and story collections. His best-known novel, The Glittering Prizes, was made into a television series which won him the Royal Television Society Award for Writer of the Year. He also received an Oscar for his screenplay for the 1965 film Darling. His latest book A Thousand Kisses started life as a BBC Radio Three feature in 2010 and starring Geoffrey Palmer as the narrator, with Dan Stevens as Catullus. Yet the origins of the book go much further back – right to Frederic’s schooldays when he first conceived the idea of a novel of the poet’s life.

Armand D'Angour

Armand D’Angour teaches Classics at Jesus College, Oxford University, where he is an Associate Professor. His research has helped to recover the sounds of ancient Greek music from ancient documents, resulting in a 15-minute Youtube video (Rediscovering Greek Music 2017) that has been accessed by over half a million viewers. His book Socrates in Love (Bloomsbury 2019) uses overlooked historical sources to paint a new picture of Socrates' early life and philosophical influences.