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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

Philosophy Seminar - The B Club

May 21, 2018

Ramsden Room, St Catherine's College

Linguistics Research Seminar

May 23, 2018

Room 1.11

Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar

May 25, 2018

Room 1.11

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May 04, 2018

The Faculty is pleased to announce that the Mycenae Excavation & Publication Archive, part of the Faculty of Classics Archives in the University of Cambridge, is open for enquiries. The Archives will be accessible by appointment to researchers in person on Mondays, 10am-4pm.

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May 04, 2018

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Dr Weiss has been recognised in the annual student-led teaching awards, as a runner-up in the Undergraduate Supervisor category. The Faculty also notes with pleasure that Dr Omitowoju had been shortlisted in the same category, while Professor Whitmarsh had been shortlisted in the Inclusive Practice category.

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Mar 27, 2018

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Honorary Degrees

Mar 26, 2018

The Faculty is delighted to announce the award of an Honorary Degree by the University to Joyce Reynolds, and also by the University of Oxford to Mary Beard, at congregations on 20th June.

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