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The Essenes, the Scrolls, and the Dead Sea$
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Joan E. Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199554485.001.0001

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Dio Chrysostom, Synesius, and Julius Solinus

Dio Chrysostom, Synesius, and Julius Solinus

(p.141) 6 Dio Chrysostom, Synesius, and Julius Solinus
The Essenes, the Scrolls, and the Dead Sea

Joan E. Taylor

Oxford University Press

Dio Chrysostom wrote about the Essenes in a lost work, Getica. This is known only from one small comment in the work of Synesius. However, it is very important in that it is an independent source on the Essenes being situated next to the Dead Sea, close to the traditional site of Sodom. Unlike Pliny, Dio uses the Essenes as an example of philosophical excellence. Dio’s Getica was known to sources used by Julius Solinus, who adds to his main source Pliny some additional information indicating that the Essenes were a group to be admired.

Keywords:   Essenes, Dio Chrysostom, Getica, Synesius, Julius Solinus, Pliny, Dead Sea, Sodom

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