PSCO Presentation: 24 October, 2013

Panel Discussion: “Antiquities 1–4”

Natalie Dohrmann, Bob Kraft, Alex Ramos, and Annette Yoshiko Reed


Our first meeting of this year’s PSCO will be Thursday October 24 at 7-9pm in the Second Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall. Our theme this year will be “Rethinking Josephus’ Antiquities,” organized by Alex Ramos, Jacob Feeley, and Jae Han. Rather than inviting talks on the topic just from Josephan specialists, we’re experimenting a bit: in the hopes of sparking new perspectives and conversations on its aims, structure, themes, etc., we’ll be working consecutively through the text with interlocutors from different subfields — including Biblical Studies, Classics, Jewish Studies, and NT Studies. For each session, then, the recommended readings will be several books from the Antiquities (see below) — although in advance of each, we’ll also send around a specific list of passages on which the speaker(s) wish to focus so as to facilitate what we hope can be an interesting text-based discussion.

To get us started, our first session on 24 October will be a panel discussion with Natalie Dohrmann, Bob Kraft, Alex Ramos (substituting for Julia Wilker), and Annette Yoshiko Reed on Antiquities 1–4. We hope that those attending (and others!) will plan to read books 1–4 in advance and bring their own ideas, questions, etc., about it as well. For text and translation, see Brill Josephus Project. The Greek is also available at Loeb. We'll also have some printed copies available at the session itself for reference.

Audio Recording

Here is an audio recording of this session.

Suggested Readings

The suggested readings are Josephus, Antiquities, books 1-4, with a special focus on the following passages suggested by our four panelists:

  • Ant. 1.1-26 [Alex Ramos, UPenn RELS]
  • Ant. 1.154-168 [Annette Reed, UPenn RELS]
  • Ant. 2.238-253 [Bob Kraft, UPenn RELS]
  • Ant. 4.302-319 [Natalie Dohrmann, Katz Center/UPenn RELS]

Greek text and two English translations are available at this web address:

Meeting and Dining

All are welcome! As usual, those interested are also welcome to join us for an informal dinner prior to the session. Those wishing to dine together before the seminar will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall and then walk next door to the food court in Houston Hall. Or, just meet us in the Houston Hall downstairs food-court between 6:00-6:45 p.m.

As usual, the PSCO seminar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. We meet in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall.