Was Josephus a sellout and a traitor to his people?
>>7228794He was pretty based for one of (((them)))
>>7228794Just a historian, surprisingly.
>>7228918He is often regarded as a Roman propagandist, is he not?
>>7228794He's no more a traitor or sellout than Polybius.
Treason to Jewishness is loyalty to mankind
The zealots were the real traitors for being so deluded that they thought they could beat Rome, which inevitably brought ruin to the jewish people. But on the other hand the situation had been so badly mismanaged by Rome, making conflict inevitable. Reading about the Jewish Roman wars just makes me sad.
>>7229171There's no way the Romans mismanaged Judea any worse than Iberia, Illyria or Germania minor and none of those went south as badly. Hell, not even the Pict rebellion went as badly, Jews depopulated the north African coast. It was ridiculously brutal.
>>7228794>>7229171The Jews were ultra retarded and unreasonable in the wars. Rome gave them a lot, built loads of infrastructure that can still be found in Israel today (one of the many benefits of being in the Roman Empire), and even let some Jews be Roman citizens. Jews even had freedom to pursue their religion. For the ancient world, they had a staggering amount of rights and privileges for a state that Rome considered a backwater.Almost every account of Jews as a culture in this period show them as treacherous, unreasonable, imprudent, and violent. Even the New Testament, with most of its books authored by Jews, shows the Roman governor as a pretty reasonable guy, and casts the Jewish people as obstinate and the Synagogue of Satan. The Jews have never been treated better by a foreign empire, even by every Jewish account. Previous conquerors sent them into slavery, slaughtered infants, and forced them to commit sacrilege. Antiochus IV Epiphanes even slaughtered pig on the altar of incense, a huge sacrilege. They should've read their own history and Scriptures. But fucking with Rome was one of the greatest mistakes they ever made.
>>7229146I'll expand my kingdom in a jewish girl
>>7228997Its actually the other way around
>>7230738>The Jews have never been treated better by a foreign empire, even by every Jewish account.Cyrus the Great allowed the Jews who were being held captive in Babylon to go back to their homeland, and even paid to rebuild the Jerusalem Temple.
>>7228929Pretty much every Roman historian was, though. Ideas of being objective and unbiased in telling history simply did not exist back then.
>>7230962Treason to mankind is loyalty to Jewishness?