24 Josephus will not dismiss the authority of the Greek tradition altogether, but will work within its parameters to relativize its significance; the tactic is deployed throughout 1.6-59, where the Greek historiographical tradition is utilized, both in self-criticism and in validation of others considered more “trustworthy” (the three nations of 1.8-9, here still unnamed). The statement thus looks forward to the segments on Egyptian, Phoenician, and Chaldean witness in 1.73-160. ἀξιοπιστότατοι(“most trustworthy”) echoes both ἀπιστέω (“disbelieve”) and ἀξιόω(“think worthy”) in 1.2.