8 Or “splendor of ancestry.” Cf. Ant. 14.490, where Josephus reflects upon the end of the “brilliant” Hasmonean house. The combination of γένος and λαμπρός is common in other authors of the period: Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Ant. rom. 10.41.5; Plutarch, Per. 7.2; Sull. 35.3; Dio Chrysostom, Or. 28.12; Appian, Bell . civ. 2.1.2; Diogenes Laertius 1.22; 9.21. Cf. Latin genus clarum, gens clarissima (Pliny, Nat. 7.186; 35.19; Tacitus, Ann. 2.43; 4.8; 6.9; 12.6; Pliny, Pan. 58.3; 69.4). It is a basic rhetorical feature of the Life that Josephus first establishes his own shining γένος and corresponding character (with, e.g., demonstrated σύνεσις, § 8) in order to expose his various opponents, whose similar reputations (§§ 191-92, 278) will be demolished by his narrative.