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+ Prof. Martin Goodman, University of Oxford Life of Brian
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Prof. Martin Goodman, University of Oxford
'The Life of Brian and the Politics of First-Century Judea'
The depiction of imperialist Roman rule and divided Jewish resistance in the Life of Brian provides
some of the most memorable lines from the film and clearly struck a chord with audiences aware of
contemporary resonances. Much of this depiction also reflects accurately the concerns of ancient
literary sources, most of them composed after the great Jewish revolt against Rome which ended in
the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE. The talk will discuss the aspects of the depiction
which might be adjusted if the film was reflecting recent historical research which has brought into
question the effects of hindsight on the ancient sources themselves.
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