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Historical and Chronological Observations on Josephus’s Account of Seleucid History in Antiquities 13.365-371: Its Importance for Understanding the Historical Development of the Hasmonean State
SCRIPTA JUDAICA CRACOVIENSIA (2016)
  • Kenneth Atkinson
Abstract
This article explores Josephus’s account of Seleucid history in Antiquities 13.365-371. In this passage, Josephus focuses on the Seleucid monarchs Seleucus VI, Demetrius III, and Antiochus X Eusebes and their fight for control of Syria. The difficulty in understanding this section is that it interrupts Josephus’s narrative of the reign of Alexander Jannaeus and does not fully explain events in Syria that led to the endless civil wars there. Through the use of historical and numismatic data unavailable to Josephus, this study examines the background of the Seleucid rulers to explain why their struggle was important for understanding Hasmonean history.
Keywords
  • Seleucid Empire,
  • Hasmonean State,
  • Flavius Josephus,
  • Alexander Jannaeus,
  • Seleucus VI,
  • Demetrius III,
  • Antiochus X Eusebes
Publication Date
October 13, 2016
DOI
10.4467/20843925SJ.16.001.5660
Citation Information
Kenneth Atkinson. "Historical and Chronological Observations on Josephus’s Account of Seleucid History in Antiquities 13.365-371: Its Importance for Understanding the Historical Development of the Hasmonean State" SCRIPTA JUDAICA CRACOVIENSIA Vol. 14 (2016) p. 7 - 21
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kenneth-atkinson/1/