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Aspects of the Reception of Flavius Josephus

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 7:00 pm

Speaker: Theofill Kampianaki

Location: Zoom

Link: https://jsp.msu.edu

Aspects of the Reception of Flavius Josephus in the Middle Ages:

The Greek-Speaking East and the Latin-Speaking West


No Jewish works, except the biblical texts, were used by Christians on such a large scale as the Judean Antiquities and Judean War of the Jewish-Roman historian Flavius Josephus (37-100 CE). His works (narrating the events from the biblical Creation to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE) became central to the construction of Christian thought and identity across the Greek-speaking East and the Latin-speaking West in the Middle Ages. Dr. Kampianaki will explore the reasons why and the ways through which a notable Jewish author, such as Josephus, entered the Christian sphere, while his Jewish origins were still being acknowledged. 


Theofili Kampianaki is a Research Fellow at the School of History and Cultures in the University of Birmingham in the UK. She holds a Master’s and a Doctorate in Medieval Greek and Latin Languages from the University of Oxford.

Please visit the Jewish Studies website (jsp.msu.edu) for more information.