NY: Wm. Borradaile, 1824. Illustrated with Notes by the By The Late Wm. Whiston, M.A. Early Edition.
Flavius Josephus [c AD 37–c. 100) was a Roman–Jewish historian and military leader, best known for writing The Jewish War, He initially fought against the Roman Empire during the First Jewish–Roman War as general of the Jewish forces in Galilee, until surrendering in 67 AD to the Roman army led by military commander Vespasian after the six-week siege of Yodfat. Josephus claimed the Jewish messianic prophecies that initiated the First Jewish–Roman War made reference to Vespasian becoming Roman emperor. In response, Vespasian decided to keep Josephus as a slave and presumably interpreter. After Vespasian became emperor in AD 69, he granted Josephus his freedom, at which time Josephus assumed the Emperor's family name of Flavius. Flavius Josephus fully defected to the Roman side and was granted Roman citizenship. He became an advisor and friend of Vespasian's son Titus, serving as his translator when Titus led the siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD. Since the siege proved ineffective at stopping the Jewish revolt, the city's pillaging and the looting and destruction of Herod's Temple (the Second Temple) soon followed. Josephus recorded the Great Jewish Revolt (AD 66–70), including the siege of Masada. His most important works are The Jewish War (c. 75) and Antiquities of the Jews (c. 94). 12mo., light-brown full-morocco leather. Item #58344
Good (binding with wear with one title label missing, most covers detached, some scattered foxing else nice complete text).