The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Shorter Notes

Two unidentified senators in Josephus, A.J 19

A. R. Birleya1

a1 Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf,


Names of Romans in Josephus are notoriously liable to corruption. Two minor characters in his account of the assassination of Caligula have so far defied plausible emendation, ‘Timidius’ in A.J. 19.33–4 and ‘Bathybius’ in 19.91. The sources of Josephus’ account of this dramatic episode were unquestionably high class—two, rather than one, Latin historians, as Wiseman has demonstrated, the main one (rather than the only one) being Cluvius Rufus, the other possibly Fabius Rusticus.