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ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS.

BOOK XVII.

Containing the interval of fourteen years.

FROM THE DEATH OF ALEXANDER AND ARISTOBULUS, TO

THE BANISHMENT OF ARCHELAUS.

CHAP. I.

How Antipater was hated by all the nation of the Jews for

the Slaughter of his Brethren ; and how, for that reason, he got into peculiar favour with his friends at Rome, by giving them many presents; as he did also with Saturninus, the President of Syria, and the Governors who were under

him ; and concerning Herod's wives and children. 81. W HEN Antipater had thus taken off his brethren, and had brought his father into the highest degree of impiety, till he was haunted with furies for what he had done, his hopes did not succeed to his mindl'as to the rest of his life; for, although he was delivered from the fear of his brethren being his rivals as to the government, yet did he find it a very hard thing, and almost impracticable, to come at the kingdom, because the hatred of the nation against him on that account was become very great: and, besides this very disagreeable circumstance, the affair of the soldiery grieved him still more, who were alienated from him, from which yet these kings derived all the safety which they had, whenever they found the nation desirous of innovation : and all this danger was drawn upon him by his destruction of his brethren. However, he governed the nation jointly with his father, being indeed no other than a king already: and he was for that very reason trusted, and the more firmly depended on, for the

VOL. III.

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