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Re: Josephus and Pliny as sources
Surely a historian is as good as his sources. You can't judge the whole by
the part. This is the case for all historians old and new. Critical the
ancients surely were. Their problem is more one of lack of controls.
>>Is Pliny's date for the first babylonian dynasty influenced by knowledge
>>of some very late version of the Sumerian king list? We should remember
>>that ancient historians may not have been as critical of their
>>received sources as recent scholars.
>I agree, and that is why we may have to take his information about the
>Essenes with a grain of salt.