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dc.contributor.authorJohnston, Gregory Thomas
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T03:26:31Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T03:26:31Z
dc.date.issued2008-08
dc.identifier.otherjohnston_gregory_t_200808_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/johnston_gregory_t_200808_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/24943
dc.description.abstractIn Greek and Roman historiography various presentations of Moses have emerged from di!erent political and cultural environments. Hellenistic Jewish authors demonstrate a willingness to stray from the traditional story in pursuit of their polemic objective: to convince Greek speakers of the signi"cance of the Jewish nation in the history of culture. In these stories, Moses is Kulturbringer, responsible for the cultural greatness of Egypt and, in turn, of Greece. Universal historians of the late "rst century BCE used the story of Moses to shed light on a region and its people which had recently become signi"cant in the struggle for power in the Mediterranean world. Josephus argues instead that Moses was a great legislator on the basis of the greatness of his deeds and that he exceeded Lycurgus, Solon, and Zaleucus in antiquity. Despite Jewish arguments, Greeks and Romans found ways of undermining Jewish claims without denying their reality.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectMoses
dc.subjectlawgiver
dc.subjecthellenistic Jewish historians
dc.subjectArtapanus
dc.subjectDemetrius
dc.subjectEupolemus
dc.subjectDiodorus
dc.subjectHecataeus of Abdera
dc.subjectStrabo
dc.subjectJosephus
dc.titleMoses in historiography from hellenistic Alexandria to Josephus
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentClassics
dc.description.majorClassical Languages
dc.description.advisorErika T. Hermanowicz
dc.description.committeeErika T. Hermanowicz
dc.description.committeeWayne M. Coppins
dc.description.committeeT. Keith Dix


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