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Specter of the Jews: Emperor Julian and the Rhetoric of Ethnicity in Syrian Antioch

Ari Finkelstein

Abstract

The book investigates how the emperor Julian (361–63 c.e.) uses Jews as ethnic Judeans in his hellenizing project to define Hellenic identity and to disqualify and delegitimize Christian ethnic claims. It concludes by summing up the main takeaways of the book for Jewish, Christian, and Roman historians of late antiquity.

Keywords: late antiquity, Jews, Christians, hellenizing, Julian, Roman empire, theurgy, ethnos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520298729
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520298729.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ari Finkelstein, author
University of Cincinnati