667 The altar is accorded central significance, but no description is given of the sacrifices conducted on it (contrast Let. Aris. 92-95). Ps.-Hecataeus uses βωμός, the normal Greek term for an altar, rather than the special θυσιαστήριον coined by the LXX, but that does not imply he was unaware of the LXX. Although its stones are neither cut to size nor finished by a stonemason, the altar is “constructed,” not a loose pile of rocks (cf. Josephus in Ant. 4.200). The unusual design follows the biblical prescription (Exod 20:25; Deut 27:5-6; cf. 1 Macc 4.47; m. Mid. 3.4), but is here given no explanation; Philo uses the contrast with the golden altar of incense indoors to suggest the greater value of inner purity ( Spec. 1.273-79). The dimensions of the altar given here (equivalent to 9 metres square and 4.5 metres high) curiously match Solomon’s altar of bronze (2 Chr 4:1), but are smaller than those given by Josephus in War 5.225.