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It is often assumed that Augustus created thesellale, but Philo's words leave open the possibility that he merely deleg-dlcd to it the supreme powers previonslyvested in the ethnal'ch (Philo cans him a y,vap)(11S); on Flatc74. see 1I0x 1939 ad loco and Smallwood 1970:6. SecT. oodcnough 1929. wllose attempts to trace in Philo indications ofAlexandrianJt:wish law are not, however, entirely convincing. The term politeuma is associated with the Alexandrian Jews in The utterofArisleas 310, but it is unclear to whom it l"efers.
It was a struggle in both sides were apt to feel aggrieved. Those Jews whose status was not upheld would complain ofdiscrimination. e. those who successfully daimed eligibility) were their way into privileges to which they had no right. Such political and legal disputes did not affect all The majority in Alexandria - small-scale artisans, shop-keep' , 6 On the dating ofthi. 2&-27. Kasher'. dOi about its dale and authenticity (1985:31J-13) are adequately met by 1991:117-20. Tcherikover 1961a:311-14 gives a valuable summary of the issue and the struggles concerning citizenship.
I victims in these events (Flacc 72). The defence of some synagogues 134) suggests successful Jewish resistanc:e; and Philo himself admits Jews 'could not be expected to remain (luiet whatever happened' Nonetheless. e WiUrich 9); see Box 1939:lix-lxii and Smallwood 1970:47. Philo, Flacc73-85. Philo does not record the charges, perhaps to avoid any suspicion ofJewish guilt; cf. Balsdon 1934:133. Jews in Roman Egypt 55 repression of their activities (Flaee 125-27). With the replacement ofFlaccus the immediate crisis passed and the riots appear to have abated.