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Antiquitates Judaicae
France, Dijon, late 13th century
MS M.533 fol. 127v

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Initial A enclosing:
1) Antiquitates Judaicae: Scene, Kings of Asia honoring Maccabees -- In upper left register, three kings, crowned, each raising both hands, stand facing group of six (?) men, the foremost raising both hands.
2) Maccabees: Embassy II to Rome -- In upper right register, two confronted groups of four men, the foremost two extending hands toward each other.
3) Maccabees: Battle against Antiochus V -- In lower register are two confronted armies of mounted soldiers wearing mail, some holding shields.
Beginning of Book 12, Chapter 1 of Josephus, Antiquitates Judaicae.

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