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Now the need for Archelaus’ journey to Rome was the occasion for new disorders. After hailing the rabble from a high platform and golden throne, he thanked them for the eagerness they had expressed concerning his father’s funeral, and indeed for their attentiveness towards him, as if to a king already confirmed. Salome had promised earlier that she would take his side, as had many of the relatives sailing with Archelaus. Sabinus was also collaborating with them towards this end, by means of letters denouncing Archelaus before Caesar while praising Antipas greatly. Becoming worn out from both, they [the Romans] set the colonnades on fire—marvelous works in consequence of both their size and their costliness—and those who were on top of them were suddenly surrounded by the blaze. The contingent most fit for war, however, 3,000 Sebastenes, added themselves to the Romans.

Keywords: Archelaus; Caesar; Rome; Sabinus; Salome; Sebastenes



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