613 Hecataeus was known also in
Suda as a philosopher and here joins the company of other “philosophers” (1.162, 176; the label is always a compliment in this treatise). That he “composed a book” (
συγγέγραφε βιβλίον) is sufficient to qualify him for inclusion (the verb echoes
συγγράματα in 1.161), though Josephus also uses the more technical verb
ἱστορέω at 1.195. The combination of philosophical intellect with practical activity (illustrated in 1.189, 200) mirrors the compliments to be paid to the Judeans Ezekias (1.187) and Mosollamos (1.201), and anticipates the Judean validation of both word and deed at 2.170-74.