643 The real Hecataeus apparently claimed that many Judean customs were changed under Persian and Macedonian rule (
apud Diodorus 40.3.8), and this statement may derive from Ps.-Hecataeus’ attempt to “correct” his alter ego. For the nobility in strength of conviction (
διάνοια) – in contrast to claims of folly (1.210:
ἄνοια) – compare the affirmation of strongmindedness in 1.192, 201. Josephus frequently emphasizes the unalterability of Judean convictions (e.g., 2.153, 169, 182-84, 234, 254).