657 In the ethnographic tradition, a description of the people is traditionally matched by depictions of the land, and the fertility of both (Bar-Kochva 1996a: 192-207). Josephus makes a point of emphasizing both size and beauty, although the latter has no basis in his source (cf. 1.196 on Jerusalem). On his continuing identification with the land as homeland see note to “possess” at 1.1.