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The Anti-Jewish Ethnographic Treatise by Apollonius Molon

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/9780520253360.003.0016
The Anti-Jewish Ethnographic Treatise by Apollonius Molon

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This chapter studies the anti-Jewish ethnographic treatise that was drafted by Apollonius Molon, who was considered as one of the most vicious of all the Jew haters, but only a few of his works have survived. It tries to determine why Molon was so hostile toward the Jews, first discussing his life and several of his works, including Against the Philosophers and On Compensation for the Rhodians. The chapter then examines Molon's work on the Jews and identifies his information sources. A survey of Molon's ethnography and Posidonius's ethnographical excursus is included. The chapter ends with a discussion of Molon's anti-Jewish work, specifically its structure, contents, and motivation.

Keywords: anti-Jewish treatise; Apollonius Molon; Jew haters; ethnography; Posidonius; ethnographical excursus

Chapter.  25783 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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