n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Ethnic cleansing in Roman Alexandria in 38
|Article Title||Ethnic cleansing in Roman Alexandria in 38|
|© Publisher:||Classical Association of South Africa (CASA)|
|Journal||Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2006|
|Pages||31 - 54|
What does it take to activate mass hate between communities which have lived together peaceably for a long period? Literature on modern explosions of inter-community violence gives answers ranging between precious little and centuries of history. In the case of Alexandria in 38 the 'precious little' seems to have been the visit to the city of Herod Agrippa I, as one can judge by Philo's careful attempt to exonerate him. If history came into the equation, the root of the problem might be sought in Rome's dealings with Alexandria in the final phase of Ptolemaic rule and the Augustan principate.
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