While he spake these words he wept, and joined the children's fight
hands together; after which he embraced them every one after an affectionate
manner, and dismissed the assembly. Upon this, Antipater was in great disorder
immediately, and lamented publicly at what was done; for he supposed that
this dignity which was conferred on these orphans was for his own destruction,
even in his father's lifetime, and that he should run another risk of losing
the government, if Alexander's sons should have both Archelaus [a king],
and Pheroras a tetrarch, to support them. He also considered how he was
himself hated by the nation, and how they pitied these orphans; how great
affection the Jews bare to those brethren of his when they were alive,
and how gladly they remembered them now they had perished by his means.
So he resolved by all the ways possible to get these espousals dissolved.