Jason of Cyrene

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Jason of Cyrene (Greek: Ἰάσων κυρήναιος) was a Hellenistic Jew who lived about 100 BC and wrote a history of the times of the Maccabees down to the victory over Nicanor (175-161 BC). This work is said to have been in five books and formed the basis of the present 2 Maccabees.[1] See 2 Maccabees Wikisource-logo.svg 2:19-32.,[1] especially:

“And all such things as have been comprised in five books by Jason of Cyrene, we have attempted to abridge in one book.”

—2 Maccabees 2:24

The original work is lost, and known only in the epitome made by the author of 2 Maccabees. The author of 2 Maccabees has confessedly exercised much freedom. Not only was Jason's work abridged, but also added to, and probably altered.[2]


  1. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Jason of Cyrene". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 
  2. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg "Jason of Cyrene". New International Encyclopedia. 1905. 

External links[edit]

  • Smith, Sir William (ed.) (1849). "JASON, literary". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. vol. II. Boston: Little & Brown. p. 555.