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2 (III, pp. 111–162), and on BJ I. 18 In 140 BC the Hasmonaean Simon became both high priest and King of Judaea. 19 In 67 BC John Hyrcanus II and Aristobulus II, sons of the Hasmonaean ruler Alexander Janneus (r. 104/103–76 BC) and Queen Salome Alexandra vied for the throne. Pompey the Great, whose campaigns against Mithridates of Pontus had brought him to the Near East, was asked to intervene and threw his support to John, whom he perhaps viewed as more easily manipulated than Aristobulus. 20 Zon.

514; eds C. Blondel and P. Foucart, Macarii Magnetis quae supersunt ex inedito codica [Paris: Typographia Publica, 1876]), or even the so-called Adamantius Dialogue sometimes attributed to Origen (PG 11, cols 1713–1884) and portions of Origen’s own Against Celsus (ed. P. Koetschau, Contra Celsum, 2 vols, Origenes Werke, GCS 2–3 [Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 1899]). The sorts of “dialogues” to which he refers certainly seem of a different kind than the brief, unique discussion between Philosophy and History with which Theophylact Simocatta prefaced his History (ed.

17 Antiochus IV Epiphanes, of the Seleucid dynasty, ruled from 176 to 164 BC. Reaction among some Jews against Seleucid rule and Greek cultural inroads among fellow Jews led to open violence under the leadership of Matthias of the Hamonaean priestly family. After the 35 COMMENTARY ON PROLOGUE AND POSTSCRIPT 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 21111 folio death of Mattathias, his son Judah Maccabee won a series of victories against Antiochus’ commanders that contributed by 142 BC to some sort of modus vivendi between a Hasmonaean-directed Judaea and the current Seleucid ruler, Demetrius II (r.

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