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Hecataeus of Abdera
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The philosopher and historiographer Hecataeus was a contemporary of Alexander the Great and of Ptolemy I (Jos. Apion. I 183; Ptolemaic Dynasty). In his famous book, Aegyptiaca, Hecataeus deals with part of Jewish history, as well as Jewish customs, religion and military matters (fragments in Diodoros Siculus XL 3). Josephus cites Hecataeus's essay On the Jews (Apion. I 183ff., cf. I 214), although its authenticity is doubted. According to Josephus, in this essay, Hecataeus deals with the relationship of the Jews to Ptolemy I, their fid…

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Veltri, Giuseppe, “Hecataeus of Abdera”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_09575>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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