This is not true. See Antiq. B. XIV. ch. 9. sect. 3, 4; and ch. 12. sect.
2; and ch. 13. sect. 1, 2. Antiq. B. XV. ch. 3. sect. 5; and ch. 10. sect.
2, 3. Antiq. B. XVI. ch. 9. sect. 3. Since Josephus here informs us that
Archelaus had one half of the kingdom of Herod, and presently informs us
further that Archelaus's annual income, after an abatement of one quarter
for the present, was 600 talents, we may therefore ga ther pretty nearly
what was Herod the Great's yearly income, I mean about 1600 talents, which,
at the known value of 3000 shekels to a talent, and about 2s. 10d. to a
shekel, in the days of Josephus, see the note on Antiq. B. III. ch. 8.
sect. 2, amounts to 680,000 sterling per annum; which income, though great
in itself, bearing no proportion to his vast expenses every where visible
in Josephus, and to the vast sums he left behind him in his will, ch. 8.
sect. 1, and ch. 12. sect. 1, the rest must have arisen either from his
confiscation of those great men's estates wh