A member of a great Jewish family, Philo of Alexandria
was a philosopher who is noted for his comments on
society during his time. He pointed out the difference in
treatment of Alexandrians and Egyptians when they were
punished, noting that the Egyptians were scourged witha a
different kind of lash and by a different set of people,
the Alexandrians with a flat blade and the persons who
wield them were also Alexandrians.