Parts of his work have been preserved in the books of two later historians:
Artapanus seems to have had the agenda of crediting the Hebrews, Abraham, Joseph and Moses, with being the originators of significant aspects of ancient Egyptian culture, such as astronomy, geographical divisions [nomes] and hieroglyphic writing. The names he assigns to some kings of Egypt are rather inscrutable but Artapanus purports to know the names of the pharaohs associated with the life of Moses. These are clearly rulers found in the various epitomes of Manetho's kinglist, derived from his "Aegyptiaca", a history of his homeland in three books. The pharaohs are those of the 18th Dynasty.