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Herod in History: Nicolaus of Damascus and the Augustan Context

Kimberley Czajkowski and Benedikt Eckhardt

Abstract

Most of our information about Herod the Great derives from the accounts found in Josephus’ Jewish War and Jewish Antiquities. Together they constitute quite a unique resource on one of the most famous personalities of ancient history. But whence did Josephus get his information? It is commonly agreed that his primary source was Nicolaus of Damascus, Herod’s court historian, though the extent to which Josephus adapted his material remains disputed. This book takes a modern source-critical approach to Josephus’ extensive account of Herod’s reign to suggest that Josephus did indeed rely heavily o ... More

Keywords: Herod, Nicolaus of Damascus, source-criticism, Augustus, Josephus, Universal History, Roman empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192845214
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192845214.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberley Czajkowski, author
Senior Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Edinburgh

Benedikt Eckhardt, author
Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Edinburgh