The Alexandrian Riots of 38 C.E. and the Persecution of the Jews: A Historical Reconstruction . By Sandra Gambetti. (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 135). Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009. Pp. x, 340. Cloth with dust jacket. €114.00 / US$ 169.00. ISBN 978-90-04-13846-9.

The Alexandrian Riots of 38 C.E. and the Persecution of the Jews: A Historical Reconstruction .... Gambetti’s revised dissertation prepared at Berkeley under the supervision of Erich Gruen concerns a detailed discussion of the dramatic riots against the Jews in Alexandria in 38 C.E. as well as their prehistory and aftermath. The book also offers a thorough analysis of the main literary sources, the In Flaccum and the Legatio ad Gaium by Philo, as well the relevant documentary evidence. The pièce de résistance of the book is a new interpretation of P.Yale II 107 about a trial before the emperor in 37 C.E. in which two Alexandrian delegations were involved. This document forms the basis of the author’s hypothesis about the background of the violence. Building on Philo’s In Flaccum scholars have often blamed the Roman prefect Flaccus for the riots, because he issued an edict that had disastrous consequences for the Jews, but Gambetti argues that territory is the clue to the events: the Jews were not expelled from the city of Alexandria, but they were forced to live in one small section only (district d). This was a crucial change, because civil rights went hand in hand with legal residence. Originally the Romans recognized legal residence collectively for the Jews, but Gaius http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for the Study of Judaism Brill

The Alexandrian Riots of 38 C.E. and the Persecution of the Jews: A Historical Reconstruction . By Sandra Gambetti. (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 135). Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009. Pp. x, 340. Cloth with dust jacket. €114.00 / US$ 169.00. ISBN 978-90-04-13846-9.

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Gambetti’s revised dissertation prepared at Berkeley under the supervision of Erich Gruen concerns a detailed discussion of the dramatic riots against the Jews in Alexandria in 38 C.E. as well as their prehistory and aftermath. The book also offers a thorough analysis of the main literary sources, the In Flaccum and the Legatio ad Gaium by Philo, as well the relevant documentary evidence. The pièce de résistance of the book is a new interpretation of P.Yale II 107 about a trial before the emperor in 37 C.E. in which two Alexandrian delegations were involved. This document forms the basis of the author’s hypothesis about the background of the violence. Building on Philo’s In Flaccum scholars have often blamed the Roman prefect Flaccus for the riots, because he issued an edict that had disastrous consequences for the Jews, but Gambetti argues that territory is the clue to the events: the Jews were not expelled from the city of Alexandria, but they were forced to live in one small section only (district d). This was a crucial change, because civil rights went hand in hand with legal residence. Originally the Romans recognized legal residence collectively for the Jews, but Gaius

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