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Leo, Die griechlsch-rBmische Bioflraphle nach litterar^schen Form (Leipzig: Teubner, 1901). P. 191* >^P. Jacoby,fileFragments der Grieschlschen Hlstorlker (Berlin:WeTcimann. ~TT C, 263. 53Eth. Nicom. 1105 9. b 30 the man are described, though in such a way that the narra­ tive will allow the reader to form a picture of the hero's character. V it is only after the man has developed sufficiently to act responsibly that one can begin to judge his character in the manner described. ^ Another important point of the Peripatetic biography is that it is composed with a large audience in mind, an audience that wished not only to be informed but also to be entertained.

He may either completely ignore his source on that specific point or even correct it a bit, as seen from his point of view. If, however, the source is well known or refers to facts or rumors which are common knowledge, our historian will proceed as he does with Nicolas of Damascus^ ^ he will charge his teacher with Tendenz and ^ c f . C A . Iud. 9. a*e «Un$*«»$ TA« iVr«e'V$ *i 3i|. thereby Imply, of course, that the account as found in Josephus is the only correct one. With the political scene subject to frequent and often radical changes and in a time when it was not entirely safe to publish books that might displease the emperor, we should not be surprised to find Josephus sometimes engaged in what almost looks like mental acrobatics.

QOTLT Y 5BT. 57~126. 2 ko mainly: (1) do tho accounts of the facts agree in both cases? (2) does either account add or omit certain statements? so, of what character are these statements? (3) If Is It pos­ sible to discern any motives which may have led the histor­ ians to introduce certain of the changes observed (if any)? (k) Which of the two accounts is more specific and concrete in its formulation? (5) Do these specific details appear to be historically correct? (6) In what context and to what purpose does the historian introduce the account into his narrative?

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