Flavius Josephus, Antiquities and The Jewish Wars

Description

Flavius Josephus (d. c. 100) was one of the most important historians of the Greco-Roman era. He was born in Jerusalem, and then moved to Rome where he became the official historian of the imperial family. The two works included in this manuscript, his Antiquitates (Antiquities) and De Bello Judaico (The Jewish Wars), were widely disseminated, first in Greek and later in Latin. 

In the Middle Ages the texts provided a critical source for the period around Christ’s life. This luxurious manuscript is amongst the finest illustrated copies of Josephus. It was in the library of the important abbey of St Pierre of Corbie in northern France from an early date, and may have been made there in the last decade of the 12th century. 

It includes two letters about the Abbey from Pope Alexander III (r. 1159–1181) to Bishops Andrew of Arras and Gerard of Tournai, dating from 1163 and 1164–65 respectively.

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Full title:
Flavius Josephus, Antiquities and The Jewish Wars
Created:
1171–1180, Northeastern France
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Latin
Creator:
Flavius Josephus
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Shelfmark:
Latin 16730

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