Where’s Rome? A possible Roman parallel to the translations of the Septuagint in the Letter of Aristeas

Adams, S. A. (2018) Where’s Rome? A possible Roman parallel to the translations of the Septuagint in the Letter of Aristeas. In: Xeravits, G. G. and Goering, G. S. (eds.) Figures Who Shape Scriptures, Scriptures That Shape Figures: Essays in Honour of Benjamin G. Wright III. Series: Deuterocanonical and cognate literature studies (40). De Gruyter: Berlin, pp. 197-210. ISBN 9783110586466 (doi:10.1515/9783110596373-013)

Adams, S. A. (2018) Where’s Rome? A possible Roman parallel to the translations of the Septuagint in the Letter of Aristeas. In: Xeravits, G. G. and Goering, G. S. (eds.) Figures Who Shape Scriptures, Scriptures That Shape Figures: Essays in Honour of Benjamin G. Wright III. Series: Deuterocanonical and cognate literature studies (40). De Gruyter: Berlin, pp. 197-210. ISBN 9783110586466 (doi:10.1515/9783110596373-013)

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Abstract

This chapter asks why there is so little discussion of Roman background or influence in scholarly discussion of Letter of Aristeas. Following a brief history of Roman influence in Egypt during the second century BCE, I explore the story of the translation of Mago of Carthage’s On Farming that was commissioned by the Roman s enate in 146 BCE and identify parallels to P s.- Aristeas’ depiction of the translation of Jewish Scripture. The contribution concludes with an invitation to scholars to look beyond the Greek/Alexandrian locale and to recognise possible Roman influences on Aristeas.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Adams, Dr Sean
Authors: Adams, S. A.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISBN:9783110586466

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