He was buried by his son Solomon, in Jerusalem, with great magnificence,
and with all the other funeral pomp which kings used to be buried with;
moreover, he had great and immense wealth buried with him, the vastness
of which may be easily conjectured at by what I shall now say; for a thousand
and three hundred years afterward Hyrcanus the high priest, when he was
besieged by Antiochus, that was called the Pious, the son of Demetrius,
and was desirous of giving him money to get him to raise the siege and
draw off his army, and having no other method of compassing the money,
opened one room of David's sepulcher, and took out three thousand talents,
and gave part of that sum to Antiochus; and by this means caused the siege
to be raised, as we have informed the reader elsewhere. Nay, after him,
and that many years, Herod the king opened another room, and took away
a great deal of money, and yet neither of them came at the coffins of the
kings themselves, for their bodies were buried under the earth so artfully,
that they did not appear to even those that entered into their monuments.
But so much shall suffice us to have said concerning these matters.