This account made Antony commiserate the change that had happened
in Herod's condition; 1
and reasoning with himself that this was a common case among those that
are placed in such great dignities, and that they are liable to the mutations
that come from fortune, he was very ready to give him the assistance he
desired, and this because he called to mind the friendship he had had with
Antipater because Herod offered him money to make him king, as he had formerly
given it him to make him tetrarch, and chiefly because of his hatred to
Antigonus; for he took him to be a seditious person, and an enemy to the
Romans. Caesar was also the forwarder to raise Herod's dignity, and to
give him his assistance in what he desired, on account of the toils of
war which he had himself undergone with Antipater his father in Egypt,
and of the hospitality he had treated him withal, and the kindness he had
always showed him, as also to gratify Antony, who was very zealous for
Herod. So a senate was convocated; and Messala first, and then Atratinus,
introduced Herod into it, and enlarged upon the benefits they had received
from his father, and put them in mind of the good-will he had borne to
the Romans. At the same time, they accused Antigonus, and declared him
an enemy, not only because of his former opposition to them, but that he
had now overlooked the Romans, and taken the government from the Parthians.
Upon this the senate was irritated; and Antony informed them further, that
it was for their advantage in the Parthian war that Herod should be king.
This seemed good to all the senators; and so they made a decree accordingly.