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The Diachronic Libels and Accusations (A)

Bezalel Bar-Kochva

in The Image of the Jews in Greek Literature

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780520253360
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943636 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520253360.003.0007
The Diachronic Libels and Accusations (A)

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This chapter discusses the story of the theft of an ass head from the Jewish temple, which is considered as one of the three most humiliating charges made against the Jews during ancient times. This story, which is also called the ass libel, was reported by Mnaseas of Patara (the first Greek author known to do so). The chapter also tries to explain how Mnaseas and modern Greeks regarded the story, and discusses the four versions of libel in later Greek and Roman authors, and its Egyptian origins.

Keywords: ass libel; Mnaseas of Patara; versions of libel; Egyptian origins

Chapter.  23327 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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