The Memoirs of Herod Agrippa II
The Memoirs of Herod Agrippa II - Plot summary
This is the story of Herod Agrippa II, son of Herod Agrippa I and great-grandson of Herod the Great, a story that includes such figures as Augustus, Pompey, Cleopatra, Jesus (who story appears only as background events) Herod the Great, Pontius Pilate, The emperors Claudius (born on the same day as Agrippa I), Tiberius, Nero, Caligula and Titus, son of Vespasian, Messalina, Agrippina, etc. It includes the Roman civil wars, the fall of Jerusalem and the year of the four emperors among many others. The story follows the ups and downs of Agrippa's life.
When Titus attached Jerusalem he was still in the middle, forced to send archers to help the siege against his own compatriots. He was there to witness the fall of the city, standing on Scopus a hill opposite the city.
He then went to Rome for a time, was made a praetor and helped Josephus write his famous history, a skill he had learned form Claudius. He then returned to the desolate Jerusalem where he died in his old palace which was falling into ruins like the city around it as his co-religionists began fermenting yet another rebellion against Rome.
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