The Babylonians were now freed from Anileus's heavy incursions, which
had been a great restraint to the effects of that hatred they bore to the
Jews; for they were almost always at variance, by reason of the contrariety
of their laws; and which party soever grew boldest before the other, they
assaulted the other: and at this time in particular it was, that upon the
ruin of Anileus's party, the Babylonians attacked the Jews, which made
those Jews so, vehemently to resent the injuries they received from the
Babylonians, that being neither able to fight them, nor bearing to live
with them, they went to Seleucia, the principal city of those parts, which
was built by Seleucus Nicator. It was inhabited by many of the Macedonians,
but by more of the Grecians; not a few of the Syrians also dwelt there;
and thither did the Jews fly, and lived there five years, without any misfortunes.
But on the sixth year, a pestilence came upon these at Babylon, which occasioned
new removals of men's habitations out of that city; and because they came
to Seleucia, it happened that a still heavier calamity came upon them on
that account which I am going to relate immediately.