Josephus on Herod Before Octavian

In his long work, Wars of the Jews, the historian Josephus recounts how Herod, after providing support to Mark Antony in the latter's unsuccessful struggle against Octavius ("Caesar"), gained an audience with Octavius and persuaded him that he could be as good a friend to him as he had been to Antony. Herod is confirmed in his kingdom by caesar, and cultivates a friendship with the emperor by magnificent presents; while caesar returns his kindness by bestowing on him that part of his kingdom which had been taken away from it by cleopatra with the addition of zenodoruss country also.

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