Josephus

(37 - 100)

Born into Jerusalem’s aristocracy, the historian at the age of sixteen undertook a three-year journey into the wilderness with an ascetic hermit. In 66, he joined a Jewish revolt against Roman rule. Later arrested and led in chains to General Vespasian, Josephus avoided the punishment of death by prophesying that Vespasian would become emperor; three years later, he was.

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