When the Jews revolted against Rome in 66 CE, Josephus, a Jerusalem aristocrat, was made a general in his nation’s army. Captured by the Romans, he saved his skin by finding favor with the emperor Vespasian. He then served as an adviser to the Roman legions, running a network of spies inside Jerusalem, in the belief that the Jews’ only hope of survival lay in surrender to Rome.
As a Jewish eyewitness who was given access to Vespasian’s campaign notebooks, Josephus is our only source of information for the war of extermination that ended in the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple, and the amazing times in which he lived. He is of vital importance for anyone interested in the Middle East, Jewish history, and the early history of Christianity.
Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Cambridge University. He is the author of Richard III: England's Black Legend, The Monks of War, and The War of the Roses.read more
Reviews for Jerusalem's Traitor : Josephus, Masada and the Fall of Ju...
Luis Alexandre Ribeiro Branco
If you enjoy history, especially Jewish or Judea history, it is a must read book. I loved the stories and the way the author summarized huge accounts into what was more relevant to know. It is a beneficial source for research and also a kind of preparation for anyone who intends to read Josephus books. It is a book that I will read again in the hereafter.read more
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