Greek Writers and Philosophers in Philo and Josephus: A Study of Their Secular Education and Educational Ideals

C1 Book

Internal Authors/Editors

Publication Details

List of Authors: Erkki Koskenniemi
Place: Leiden
Publication year: 2019
Publisher: Brill
Title of series: Studies in Philo of Alexandria
Number in series: 9
ISBN: 978-90-04-39193-2
eISBN: 978-90-04-39192-5


Greek Writers and Philosophers in Philo and Josephus Erkki
Koskenniemi investigates how two Jewish writers, Philo and Josephus,
quoted, mentioned and referred to Greek writers and philosophers. He
asks what this tells us about their Greek education, their contacts with
Classical culture in general, and about the societies in which Philo
and Josephus lived. Although Philo in Alexandria and Josephus in
Jerusalem both had the possibility to acquire a thorough knowledge of
Greek language and culture, they show very different attitudes. Philo,
who was probably admitted to the gymnasium, often and enthusiastically
refers to Greek poets and philosophers. Josephus on the other hand
rarely quotes from their works, giving evidence of a more
traditionalistic tendencies among Jewish nobility in Jerusalem.



Last updated on 2020-31-05 at 04:26