y of epitome.
And, in the first place, I will demonstrate the time when this Hecateus
lived; for he mentions the fight that was between Ptolemy and Demetrius
about Gaza, which was fought in the eleventh year after the death of Alexander,
and in the hundred and seventeenth olympiad, as Castor says in his history.
For when he had seown this olympiad, he says further, that "in
this olympiad Ptolemy, the son of Lagus, beat in battle Demetrius, the
son of Antigonus, who was named Poliorcetes, at Gaza." Now, it is
agreed by all, that Alexander died in the hundred and fourteenth olympiad;
it is therefore evident that our nation flourished in his time, and in
the time of Alexander. Again, Hecateus says to the same purpose, as follows:
"Ptolemy got possession of the places in Syria after that battle at
Gaza; and many, when they heard of Ptolemy's moderation and humanity, went
along with him to Egypt, and were willing to assist him in his affairs;
one of whom (Hecateus says) was Hezekiah Thi
they continued so very quiet, went into the holy house, and carried off
that golden head of an ass, (for so facetiously does he write,) and then
went his way back again to Dora in great haste." And say you so, sir!
as I may reply; then does Apion load the ass, that is, himself, and lays
on him a burden of fooleries and lies; for he writes of places that have
no being, and not knowing the cities he speaks of, he changes their situation;
for Idumea borders upon our country, and is near to Gaza, in which there
is no such city as Dora; although there be, it is true, a city named Dora
in Phoenicia, near Mount Carmel, but it is four days' journey from Idumea.
Judea, in the Greek, by a gross mistake of the transcribers.
Now, then, why does this man accuse us, because we have not gods in common
with other nations, if our fathers were so easily prevailed upon to have
Apollo come to them, and thought they saw him walking upon the earth, and
the stars with him? for certainly those who have