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Dear Russel,
Thanks for your brilliant reference to the citation of Diodorus' Historical
Library in the Anchor Bible. Unfortunately the citation is missed in the
Diodorus sections of the Perseus Project (Tufts University). Therefore I ask
for the exact passage to verify the information. Would you do me the favor?
N.B. The Anchor Bible is not present in our University Library.

In the meantime I'll try to come to a bird's-eye view of the "diplomatic"
keyrole of Tyre during the events (N.B. on the same latitude as Daphne near
Antioch in the Semechonitis; cf. Naval Warfare/Erastosthenes) and the
possibility of later using or easy rebuilding of fortified camps (of Greek
"cut and paste" not Roman "plug and play" technique) temporarily used by the
Ptolemaic army on their way through the southern Damascene to their siege of
Sidon in 200 BC.


Dr. rer. nat. Dierk van den Berg
Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf

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Gesendet: Mittwoch, 28. April 1999 17:32
Betreff: Re: orion-list 2Macc's "Daphne near Antioch"

> Dear Dierk,
>   You raise a legitimate question.  As I recall, it was governor
> who lured Onias III out of his sanctuary and had his assassinated, at the
> instigation of Menelaus (2 Macc. 4:33-34).  Andronicus was appointed
> temporary governor of Antioch in the absence of Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
> Diodorus also alludes to Andronicus as govenor, his assassination of
> (the nephew of Epiphanes), and his execution by Epiphanes on the latter's
> return to the city.  From these events it is clear that Antioch is the
> northern location, the Seleucid capital of Syria.  For a discussion of
> events and their bearing on the date of Onias' death (i.e. 170 BCE), see
> Goldstein, II Maccabees (Anchor Bible vol. 41A; Doubleday and Company,
> Garden City, New York, 1983) 238.  You will find the Diodorus citation
> -- I don't have it in front of me.
>     Russell Gmirkin

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