Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
Flavius Josephus was the original embedded historian, and Frederic Raphael takes him apart in his new book.
Then Steve Donoghue takes Raphael apart. Read him here.
Wow, some people hold grudges for a long time – like in this case, 2000 years! Josephus may have been…flexible in his loyalties, but he is an invaluable source for the history of the region in that period. Perhaps he should have let himself be killed heroically, but then we would know far less about what happened during that fateful, catastrophic period.
This gentleman doesn’t seem to be telling us much of what we didn’t know already about the old rogue Josephus.
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