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Tiberius Julius Alexander

Tiberius Julius Alexander

(2010)
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"Then came the successor of Fadus [for Judaea], Tiberius Alexander. He was the son of Alexander, the chief customs officer of Alexandria, one of the most influential men of his age, both for his family and wealth. He was also more eminent for his piety than his son Alexander, for the latter did not continue in the religion of his country."

Flavius Josephus, Jewish Antiquities 20. 100-103

In this vividly told historical novel, author Daniel M. Friedenberg reconstructs the conflicted life of one of the most paradoxical figures of ancient Jewish history --Tiberius Julius Alexander. Tiberius was the nephew of the renowned neo-Platonist philosopher Philo Judaeus and the son of the wealthiest man in the ancient Egyptian city of Alexandria. Unlike his father, who was a pious Jew and a generous contributor to the temple in Jerusalem, Tiberius showed little interest in his Jewish heritage and soon became an apostate. Pursuing military ambitions, he rose in the ranks of the Roman army and spent his career as a loyal Roman soldier in military and civil service. Ironically, he served as second in command to the future emperor Titus during one of the most catastrophic events of Jewish history-- the siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE, when the Roman army destroyed the city and its magnificent temple.

Piecing together the historical evidence for the life of Tiberius, Friedenberg creates a fictional memoir based on the facts known about the real historical figure. He skillfully brings to life Roman society in the Near East of the first century, with all its luxurious refinements, brutal realities, competing religious cults, and social unrest.

Readers with an interest in ancient history, Jewish culture, and well-told stories will be fascinated by this page-turner.

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Tiberius Julius Alexander: A Historical Novel
Author(s): Daniel M Friedenberg
ISBN: 1-61614-175-1 / 978-1-61614-175-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Prometheus Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Tiberius Julius Alexander: A Historical Novel
Author(s): Daniel M Friedenberg
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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