AFTER the wedding was over, came Sosius through Phoenicia, having
sent out his army before him over the midland parts. He also, who was their
commander, came himself, with a great number of horsemen and footmen. The
king also came himself from Samaria, and brought with him no small army,
besides that which was there before, for they were about thirty thousand;
and they all met together at the walls of Jerusalem, and encamped at the
north wall of the city, being now an army of eleven legions, armed men
on foot, and six thousand horsemen, with other auxiliaries out of Syria.
The generals were two: Sosius, sent by Antony to assist Herod, and Herod
on his own account, in order to take the government from Antigonus, who
was declared all enemy at Rome, and that he might himself be king, according
to the decree of the Senate.