NOW the day following the king assembled a court of his kinsmen and
friends, and called in Antipater's friends also. Herod himself, with Varus,
were the presidents; and Herod called for all the witnesses, and ordered
them to be brought in; among whom some of the domestic servants of Antipater's
mother were brought in also, who had but a little while before been caught,
as they were carrying the following letter from her to her son: "Since
all those things have been already discovered to thy father, do not thou
come to him, unless thou canst procure some assistance from Caesar."
When this and the other witnesses were introduced, Antipater came in, and
falling on his face before his father's feet, he said, "Father, I
beseech thee, do not condemn me beforehand, but let thy ears be unbiassed,
and attend to my defense; for if thou wilt give me leave, I will demonstrate
that I am innocent."