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On Humanity, Chapter 5

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Chapter Summary

This chapter introduces the second (and longest) section of De humanitate, recalling the introduction to the first (cf. §§ 51-52 and note the repetition of ιλανρωπα, δεAγμα, and κινωνα;). Philo does not claim to survey all the provisions pertaining to humanity, only those which he thinks best reflectMoses' intentions when framing the law. De humanitate not only continues the survey of laws begun in De specialibus legibus, it often covers many of the same pieces of legislation. The Hypothetica, in turn, has a large number of parallels with Josephus' summary of the law in C. Ap. 2.190-219, though the literary relationship between those two texts is complex.

Keywords: Hypothetica; De humanitate; Josephus'; survey of laws



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