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[German Version]

is the name given to the author of Greek fragments, preserved in Josephus and later writers, attributed to the Greek writer Hecataeus of Abdera. Because Hecataeus, in his ethnographic work “On the Egyptians,” had included a discussion of the Jews, other works on the Jews came to be ascribed to him. Two such works have survived, whose sympathies suggest the author(s) may have been Jewish, living sometime between 300 bce and the 1st century ce. On the Jews, whose authenticity already had been doubted in antiquity, records the migration of Jews to Egypt under Ptolemy I, the p…

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Aitken, James, “Pseudo-Hecataeus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 April 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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