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1 These one hundred and seventy years of the Assyrians mean no more, as Josephus explains himself here, than from the aera of Seleucus, which, as it is known to have begun on the 312th year of the Christian era, from its spring in the first book of Maccabees, and from its autumn in the second book of Maccabees, so did it not begin at Babylon till the next spring, on the 311th year. See Prid. at the year 312. And it is truly observed by Dr. Hudson on this place, that the Syrians and Assyrians are sometimes confounded in ancient authors, according to the words of Justin, the epitomizer of Trogus Pompeius, who says that “the Assyrians were afterwards called Syrians.” 8.1 cb. xi. See of the War b. v. ch. ix. sect. 4. where the Philistines themselves, at the very south limit of Syria in its utmost extent, are called Assyrians by Josephus, as Spauheim observes.
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