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The Flavians, AD 68–96

The Flavians, AD 68-96

Dr Ursula Rothe of the Open University explains how to getting to know the Flavian Emperor's personalities can help A-Level students to understand the decisions they made when ruling. Taking Vespasian as a key character, Ursula explains how anecdotes about his life can help us understand his political decisions: from his military successes, to his symbolic acts, to his depiction in coinage. THe source material includes extracts from Tacitus and Suetonius alongwith presribed coin fig.3.7 from the OCR syllabus. Recorded as part of the Manchester Classical Association CATB Ancient History Day


[Source: BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time]


It is said that, in Britain from the 18th Century, copies of Josephus' works were as widespread and as well read as The Bible. Christians valued "The Antiquities of the Jews" in particular, for the retelling of parts of the Old Testament and apparently corroborating the historical existence of Jesus. Born Joseph son of Matthias, in Jerusalem, in 37AD, he fought the Romans in Galilee in the First Jewish-Roman War. He was captured by Vespasian's troops and became a Roman citizen, later describing the siege and fall of Jerusalem. His actions and writings made him a controversial figure, from his lifetime to the present day. With Tessa Rajak, Professor Emeritus of Ancient History, University of Reading; Philip Alexander, Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies, University of Manchester; and Martin Goodman, Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Oxford and President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.