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To the literature of Greek anti-semitism in Egyptian trend

Author(s): Rita Kopeczky
Subject(s): History, Jewish studies, Geography, Regional studies, Ancient World, History of Antisemitism, Philology
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: anti-Semitism; Jewry of Egypt; Alexandria; inversion of Exodus narrative; onolatry; misoxeny; Apion; Josephus;

Summary/Abstract: The Jewish people came into view of the Greek world in the time of Alexander the Great. The Greeks fitted the newly discovered people into the notion of „barbarian philosophy”. In Ptolemaic Egypt, Jews and Greeks could live side by side without serious problems. Neither can anti-Semitism be discovered in the literature of the age, aside from a few commonplaces. The beginnings of „Greek antiSemitic literature” are mostly connected to Egyptian priestly circles. In the works of Hellenized authors coming from these circles, there appear some motifs of a tradition of ancient religious conflicts between Egyptians and Jews. Apion is the author in whose work the threads of Greek discourse of barbarism, of the Egyptian inversion of the Exodus narrative, and of daily political tensions between Jews and Greeks.

  • Issue Year: 49/2005
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 173-196
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Hungarian