NOW Herod's ambassadors made haste to Rome; but sent, as instructed
beforehand, what answers they were to make to the questions put to them.
They also carried the epistles with them. But Herod now fell into a distemper,
and made his will, and bequeathed his kingdom to [Antipas], his youngest
son; and this out of that hatred to Archclaus and Philip, which the calumnies
of Antipater had raised against them. He also bequeathed .a thousand talents
to Caesar, and five hundred to Julia, Caesar's wife, to Caesar's children,
and friends and freed-men. He also distributed among his sons and their
sons his money, his revenues, and his lands. He also made Salome his sister
very rich, because she had continued faithful to him in all his circumstances,
and was never so rash as to do him any harm; and as he despaired of recovering,
for he was about the seventieth year of his age, he grew fierce, and indulged
the bitterest anger upon all occasions; the cause whereof was this, that
he thought himself despised, and that the nation was pleased with his misfortunes;
besides which, he resented a sedition which some of the lower sort of men
excited against him, the occasion of which was as follows.