n Akroterion - Domitian's attitude to the Jews and Judaism : CASA essay

Volume 58, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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The emperor Domitian has the reputation of being the 'decided enemy of the Jews'. The information from which this conclusion can be drawn is found in a passage in Suetonius and one in Dio. As well as this, Roman writings of the time, such as those of Martial and Quintilian, support a view of Domitian as anti-Semitic. By examining the main literary accounts of his treatments of the Jews as well as contemporary writings, it will be possible to establish to what extent Suetonius and Dio give an accurate portrayal of his attitude towards the Jews.

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