But when Cassius was marched out of Syria, disturbances arose in
Judea; for Felix, who was left at Jerusalem with an army, made a sudden
attempt against Phasaelus, and the people themselves rose in arms; but
Herod went to Fabius, the prefect of Damascus, and was desirous to run
to his brother's assistance, but was hindered by a distemper that seized
upon him, till Phasaelus by himself had been too hard for Felix, and had
shut him up in the tower, and there, on certain conditions, dismissed him.
Phasaelus also complained of Hyrcanus, that although he had received a
great many benefits from them, yet did he support their enemies; for Malichus's
brother had made many places to revolt, and kept garrisons in them, and
particularly Masada, the strongest fortress of them all. In the mean time,
Herod was recovered of his disease, and came and took from Felix all the
places he bad gotten; and, upon certain conditions, dismissed him also.