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Dr David Friedman

Dr David Friedman

Junior Research Fellow, Darwin


Research Interests

Flavius Josephus, ancient historiography, ancient ethnography.

My DPhil thesis, 'Josephus on the Servile Origins of the Jews in Egypt', examines Josephus's portrayals of the Jews' national origins in Jewish War, Jewish Antiquities, and Against Apion in the context of accounts of Jewish origins in Greek and Latin ethnographies, which reported that the Jews were originally Egyptians, and Roman prejudices against slaves, freedmen, and Egyptians. It demonstrates that, when Josephus’s goal is recounting Jewish origins as in Antiquities and Apion, he avoids portraying the Jews's ancestors as slaves and denies that they were originally Egyptian.

My post-doctoral work focusses on argument and rhetoric in Josephus, and on a comparative study of Josephus's Jewish Antiquities and the Roman Antiquities of Dionysius of Halicarnassus.

Key Publications

“Josephus on the Servile Origins of the Jews,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 45 No. 4–5 (2014) 523–550.

Upcoming events

It's a Kind of Magic

Oct 24, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Classical Archaeology Seminar

Oct 24, 2017

Room 1.04

Philology and Linguistics Seminar

Oct 25, 2017

Room 1.11

What Postmoderns can learn from Premoderns

Oct 25, 2017

Room G.19, Faculty of Classics/Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Faculty Archivist (part-time)

Oct 10, 2017

The Faculty wishes to recruit a part-time Archivist who will be responsible for the management and care of its archive collections

Kenyon Medal awarded to Joyce Reynolds

Sep 28, 2017

The Kenyon Medal in 2017 has been awarded to Joyce Reynolds FBA for her lifetime's contribution to the research and study of Roman epigraphy.

Postgraduate Open Day Saturday 18 November 2017

Sep 22, 2017

Details of the 2017 Faculty of Classics Postgraduate Open Day are now available online:

Major archaeological discovery near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece

Sep 12, 2017

The Times newspaper reports on excavations this summer at Prosilio near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece, conducted by the Ministry of Culture & Sports of Greece/Ephorate of Antiquities of Boeotia and of the British School at Athens/University of Cambridge

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