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Re: [XTalk] Philo, Flaccus 36-40 belated reaction

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  • Karel Hanhart
    Jim, I ran across your interesting citation re. Flaccus the governor of Alexandria who allowed the Alexandrian mob to persecute the Jews. Do you happen to know
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 15, 2004

      I ran across your interesting citation re. Flaccus the governor of
      Alexandria who allowed the Alexandrian mob to persecute the Jews. Do you
      happen to know if this Flaccus was the same as Gaius Valerius Flaccus, known
      by his poems, who "flourished under Vespasian and Titus. He wrote the
      Argonautica, dedicated to Vespasian on his setting out for Britain and
      written during the siege, or shortly after the capture of Jerusalem by

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Jim West" <jwest@...>
      To: <biblical-studies@yahoogroups.com>
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      Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2003 12:53 AM
      Subject: [XTalk] Philo, Flaccus 36-40

      > I ran across this section of Flaccus today and thought it a remarkable
      > piece. What struck me was the similarity between the event here narrated
      > and the treatment of Jesus at the hands of the Roman soldiers. Has there
      > been an extended study on the Roman practice of mocking officials by means
      > of clothing them as a king and making light of them?
      > here is the excerpt:
      > (36) There was a certain madman named Carabbas, afflicted not with a wild,
      > savage, and dangerous madness (for that comes on in fits without being
      > expected either by the patient or by bystanders), but with an intermittent
      > and more gentle kind; this man spent all this days and nights naked in the
      > roads, minding neither cold nor heat, the sport of idle children and
      > youths; (37) and they, driving the poor wretch as far as the public
      > gymnasium, and setting him up there on high that he might be seen by
      > everybody, flattened out a leaf of papyrus and put it on his head instead
      > a diadem, and clothed the rest of his body with a common door mat instead
      > a cloak and instead of a sceptre they put in his hand a small stick of the
      > native papyrus which they found lying by the way side and gave to him;
      > and when, like actors in theatrical spectacles, he had received all the
      > insignia of royal authority, and had been dressed and adorned like a king,
      > the young men bearing sticks on their shoulders stood on each side of him
      > instead of spear-bearers, in imitation of the bodyguards of the king, and
      > then others came up, some as if to salute him, and others making as though
      > they wished to plead their causes before him, and others pretending to
      > to consult with him about the affairs of the state. (39) Then from the
      > multitude of those who were standing around there arose a wonderful shout
      > men calling out Maris; and this is the name by which it is said that they
      > call the kings among the Syrians; for they knew that Agrippa was by birth
      > Syrian, and also that he was possessed of a great district of Syria of
      > he was the sovereign; (40) when Flaccus heard, or rather when he saw this,
      > he would have done right if he had apprehended the maniac and put him in
      > prison, that he might not give to those who reviled him any opportunity or
      > excuse for insulting their superiors, and if he had chastised those who
      > dressed him up for having dared both openly and disguisedly, both with
      > and actions, to insult a king and a friend of Caesar, and one who had been
      > honoured by the Roman senate with imperial authority; but he not only did
      > not punish them, but he did not think fit even to check them, but gave
      > complete license and impunity to all those who designed ill, and who were
      > disposed to show their enmity and spite to the king, pretending not to see
      > what he did see, and not to hear what he did hear.
      > +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
      > Dr Jim West
      > Pastor, Petros Baptist Church
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