Jews amongst Greeks and Romans in the ancient world
To: 5 June 2017
Jewish tradition has positioned the Greeks and Romans as the historic enemies of the Jewish people. The Hanukkah story is usually presented as an archetypal narrative of the Greek assault against Jewish culture which Jews strongly resisted. Relations between Jews and Romans tend to be viewed almost exclusively through the lens of two great Jewish revolts against the Roman world. However, there are two sides to every story and on closer analysis, history reveals a far more nuanced and complex story. In this course, we will examine the wide-ranging and intertwined social, political, intellectual, economic, and religious histories of the Jews, Greeks, and Romans in the ancient Mediterranean world.