As the title says I was wondering if the first time humans and other apes were thought of as a group was in Linnaeus' work as this is the first explicit reference I am aware of. I know of course that humans were already grouped as animals in many older works but that isn't the specific detail that I'm interested in.
So can somebody who is familiar with the history of Biology tell me where the first known reference of humans and other apes being a tight family occurred?
I am aware of Aristotle's passages on apes but they seem to still be making a marked difference between what is a human and what is an ape. Aristotle does not seem to me to be suggesting a deeper relationship between non-human primates and humans. I'm looking for something on the scale of the words of Linnaeus, who stated that he knows of no criteria to separate apes and humans. I was wondering if this kind of deep similarity was spoken of before, not the (to me) superficial (yet still relevant and impressive) description of Aristotle.