Any other English translations of Josephus

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Re: Any other English translations of Josephus

Post by rakovsky » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:00 am

Whiston, http://sacred-texts.com/jud/josephus/#aoj

Thackeray, 1926, https://archive.org/search.php?query=cr ... 69%3F-1930"

These are the only copies I know of online.

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Re: Any other English translations of Josephus

Post by spin » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:17 pm

rakovsky wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:46 am
The translations I know of are:
Whiston's translation was probably excellent for when he translated 280 years ago. But the art and science of translation have advanced far from that time to the 20th century.

I don't know anything about most of the others, though the notion of a revised Whiston doesn't hold much hope. And isn't the Kregal edition a publisher's repackaging of Whiston? All volumes published by Loeb have shown to be trustworthy in a scholarly sense over the whole range of classical sources. All their Josephus translations are 20th century, Thackeray from 1926-, Marcus 1940s-, Feldman 1960s-. Of the free versions you may find, go with the old Loeb Thackeray. (You may find using the online Perseus edition of Whiston a good means for searching for particular people and events, but look at the Loeb for the best translation—and access to the Greek.)

If you'd like to get hardcopies, a careful browse of what's available at Abebooks (or maybe Amazon) could be useful to find secondhand volumes at $20-$35.
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Re: Any other English translations of Josephus

Post by DCHindley » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:28 pm

rakovsky wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:46 am
May I please ask which are the translations of Josephus' writings that you have found to be most accurate in your opinion?
It's OK if you haven't read every translation out there. I just want to please ask what you have read at least parts of and found it to be the best.

The translations I know of are:
A list of all the available Loeb volumes of Josephus is found here:
http://www.earlywritings.com/forum/view ... 615#p67117

The first 7 volumes of the 9 volume series is available (English translation has been OCRd but not the Greek) at https://ryanfb.github.io/loebolus/

L186 - Josephus -- Josephus I: The Life. Against Apion
https://ryanfb.github.io/loebolus-data/L186.pdf

L203 - Josephus -- Josephus II: The Jewish War Books 1-3
https://ryanfb.github.io/loebolus-data/L203.pdf

L210 - Josephus -- Josephus III: The Jewish War Books 4-7
https://ryanfb.github.io/loebolus-data/L210.pdf

L242 - Josephus -- Josephus IV: Jewish Antiquities Books 1-4
https://ryanfb.github.io/loebolus-data/L242.pdf

L281 - Josephus -- Josephus V: Jewish Antiquities Books 5-8
https://ryanfb.github.io/loebolus-data/L281.pdf

L326 - Josephus -- Josephus VI: Jewish Antiquities Books 9-11
https://ryanfb.github.io/loebolus-data/L326.pdf

L365 - Josephus -- Josephus VII: Jewish Antiquities Books 12-14
https://ryanfb.github.io/loebolus-data/L365.pdf

The last two volumes of the 9 volume edition (covering books 15-20 & the index to the Antiquities) do not yet appear to be released into the public domain. Since both translators Allen Wikgren & Louis Feldman have died (1998 & 2017 I think) this may change in the future. So far, unlike the Philo volumes and several others by other authors, no one has had the uncontrollable urge to turn the Greek into Unicode with Tesseract.

All the other sets (10 & 13 volume) are the exact same translations as the 9 volume set but the contents are divided differently between the volumes. Stick with the ones above. I'm not sure, but there MUST be websites that have the B. Niese's Greek text and Whiston's English Translation. Whether any have the Loeb edition Greek or English text I just do not know, but for some reason I doubt it.

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Re: Any other English translations of Josephus

Post by spin » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:37 pm

DCHindley wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:28 pm
but there MUST be websites that have the B. Niese's Greek text and Whiston's English Translation.
spin wrote:
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:17 pm
(You may find using the online Perseus edition of Whiston a good means for searching for particular people and events, but look at the Loeb for the best translation—and access to the Greek.)
Niese: search AJ and BJ; browse AJ and BJ. Whiston's there as well.
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