554 The “not even” suggests that Herodotus (5th century BCE) is a prize exhibit. He would have been recognized as a “famous Greek historian” (1.2), but the passage to be cited here was apparently not widely accepted as a reference to Judeans. Josephus can do no more here to prove his case than what he had already offered in Ant. 8.262: once again he does not acknowledge the repetition from his earlier work. In parading Herodotus as a truthful witness to Judean antiquity, Josephus cuts against his earlier dismissal of him as a purveyor of lies (1.16, 73). While he had corrected Herodotus’ “errors” on several occasions in Antiquities (8.253, 260; 10.19), he cannot afford to raise doubts on his veracity in this context. He thus lets pass even Herodotus’ claim that “the Syrians in Palestine” had learned circumcision from the Egyptians, although that threatens to subvert the sub-theme of this segment, that other nations had learned their customs from Judeans (1.162, 166).