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Josephus (37–100)

Josephus, Flavius (jō-sē’fus). A Jewish historian; born in Jerusalem, 37 A.D.; died at Rome about 100 A.D. He was of noble birth, and bore a conspicuous part in the contests of his people with the Romans and the imperial government of Rome, rising finally to favor with the Emperor Vespasian and his two immediate successors. He passed the years of his literary activity at Rome, living in dignified ease upon a royal pension and in a luxurious residence, enjoying also the rights of citizenship. The products of these favoring circumstances are the ‘History of the War of the Jews against the Romans, and of the Fall of Jerusalem,’ the ‘Judaic Antiquities,’ and an ‘Autobiography.’ (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).