I'm trying to resolve the differences between Josephus' Bellum Judaicum [2.224-27 (2.12.1)] and his Antiquitates [20.105-12 (20.5.3)] with respect to the number of Jews massacred in the temple under Claudius. BJ has 30,000 while Antiquitates has 20,000. I was able to find the 20K at Gutenberg.org: (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2848/2848-h/2848-h.htm#link20noteref-10). I'm unable to confirm the 30K number anywhere. I'm wondering if the reference I'm using is incorrect in the 30K stat. Any insights would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • 4
    I’m voting to close this question because it is better suited for History Stack Exchange. Dec 23, 2021 at 2:38

1 Answer 1


Bellum Judaicum has ten thousand, and Antiquitates Judaicae has twenty thousand. The thirty thousand figure seems to be their sum, assuming the two to have been distinct battles.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.