Seeing is Believing | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 75, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



Using Daniel Barbu’s article ‘Aristeas the Tourist’ as a starting point, this essay focuses on the Letter of Aristeas’s ‘travelogue’ in order to show how it contributes to the construction of a Jewish identity in second century BCE Alexandria. I argue that the choice to tell the story of the translation of the Septuagint through the eyes of the fictional Gentile narrator ‘Aristeas’ and to report the sights and events in the voice of an ‘outsider’ works to create a sense of cultural morale in Alexandrian Jews that enables them to participate in the cultural world of Hellenistic Alexandria .


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): ancient tourism; Aristeas; autopsy; geographical imaginary; Jewish identity
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