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CHAP. VI. Of the navigation of king Agrippa to Rome, to Tiberius Cưe
sar; and how, upon his being accused by his own freed man, he was bound : how also he was set at liberty by Caius, after Tiberius's death, and was made king of the tetrarchy of Philip.
$ 1. A LITTLE before the death of Herod the king, Agrippa lived at Rome, and was generally brought up, and conversed with Drusus, the emperor Tiberius's son, and contracted a friendship with Antonia, the wife of Drusus the Great, who had his mother Berenice in great esteem, and was very desirous of advancing her son. Now as Agrippa was by nature magnanimous and generous in the presents he made, while his mother was alive, this inclination of his mind did not appear, that he might be able to avoid her anger for such his extravagance ; but when Berenice was dead, and he was left to his own conduct, he spent a great deal extravagantly in his daily way of living, and a great deal in the immoderate presents he made, and those chiefly among Caesar's freed-men, in order to gain their assistance, insomuch that he was in a little time reduced to poverty, and could not live at Rome any longer. Tiberius also forbade the friends of his deceased son to come into his sight, because on seeing them he should be put in mind of his son, and his grief would thereby be revived.
2. For these reasons he went away from Rome, and sailed to Judea, but in evil circumstances, being dejected with the loss of that money which he once had, and because he had not wherewithall to pay his creditors, who were many in number, and such as gave him no room for escaping them. Whereupon he knew not what to do ; so, for shame of his present condition, he retired to a certain tower, at Malatha, in Idumea, and had thoughts of killing himself ; but his wise