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The Jewish War

Josephus
Martin Hammond and Edited by Martin Goodman

February 2017

ISBN: 9780199646029

608 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £10.99

In AD 70 the city of Jerusalem was destroyed by Roman forces after a 6 month siege, the world-famous temple burnt to the ground. This was the disastrous outcome of a Jewish revolt against Roman domination beginning in AD 66 with high hopes and early success, but soon became mired in factional conflict, at its most extreme within Jerusalem itself.

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In AD 70 the city of Jerusalem was destroyed by Roman forces after a 6 month siege, the world-famous temple burnt to the ground. This was the disastrous outcome of a Jewish revolt against Roman domination beginning in AD 66 with high hopes and early success, but soon became mired in factional conflict, at its most extreme within Jerusalem itself.

  • A new translation of Josephus' Jewish Wars, whose history is without parallel in the surviving documents of the Roman Empire
  • Introduction and notes by an acknowledged authority on Roman and Jewish history Martin Goodman
  • Martin Hammond's translation gives a vivid sense of the energy, variety, and literary skill of Josephus' great work
  • Full maps and plans to clarify the regions and places mentioned in the text
  • Comprehensive analytical index

About the Author(s)

Josephus

Martin Hammond, Retired Headmaster of Tonbridge School, and Edited by Martin Goodman, President, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Martin Hammond retired as the Headmaster of Tonbridge School in 2005. He has previously translated Arrian's Alexander the Great (2013) and Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War (2009) for Oxford World's Classics, as well as Homer's Iliad (Penguin, 1987) and Odyssey (Bloomsbury, 2014). His translation of Procopius' The Secret History for Oxford World's Classics is forthcoming.

Martin Goodman is President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and Reader in Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford. He has edited a number of books including Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine (BA/OUP, 2011), The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies (OUP, 2002), and Representations of Empire: Rome and the Mediterranean World (BA/OUP, 2002). His authored books include Rome and Jerusalem: the clash of ancient civilizations (Allen Lane, 2007) and Judaism in the Roman World: Collected Studies (Brill, 2007)

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Select Bibliiography
    Chronology
    Maps
    The Jewish Wars
    Notes
    Index

Reviews

"Hammond's fluent, colloquial translation does considerable justice to Josephus' fastpaced, scandal-filled narrative... This new translation brings the modern reader closer to Josephus and equips us to understand him." - The Tablet

"The great strength of this excellent addition to the Oxford World's Classics series lies in the way that a flowing translation is supported by an introduction, copious notes, maps and a first class expanded index, which enable the readers to find their way through a maze of similar sounding individual, family and place names." - Classics for All

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