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The Geographical Description of Jerusalem by Timochares, the siege, and the Libels

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/9780520253360.003.0015
The Geographical Description of Jerusalem by Timochares, the siege, and the Libels

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This chapter tries to identify Posidonius's source for both the siege of Jerusalem and the anti-Jewish accusations and libels, first studying a testimonium that describes the unique features of Jerusalem which are of special interest to the attackers of a city. It then presents the geographical survey of Timochares and determines if it has the same geographical data found in Posidonius's version of the siege of 132/1 b.c.e. Next, the chapter looks at a short description of Jerusalem as it is presented within an account of Mosaic Judaism in the Strabo-Posidonius Jewish excursus. It concludes with a look at Timochares' work, including its characteristics and purpose.

Keywords: siege of Jerusalem; anti-Jewish accusations; libels; unique features; geographical survey; Timochares; Mosaic Judaism; Strabo-Posidonius excursus

Chapter.  5211 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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