Now Antonius and Caesar had beaten Cassius near Philippi, as others
have related; but after the victory, Caesar went into Gaul, [Italy,] and
Antony marched for Asia, who, when he was arrived at Bithynia, he had ambassadors
that met him from all parts. The principal men also of the Jews came thither,
to accuse Phasaelus and Herod; and they said that Hyrcanus had indeed the
appearance of reigning, but that these men had all the power: but Antony
paid great respect to Herod, who was come to him to make his defense against
his accusers, on which account his adversaries could not so much as obtain
a hearing; which favor Herod had gained of Antony by money. But still,
when Antony was come to Ephesus, Hyrcanus the high priest, and our nation,
sent an embassage to him, which carried a crown of gold with them, and
desired that he would write to the governors of the provinces, to set those
Jews free who had been carried captive by Cassius, and this without their
having fought against him, and to restore them that country, which, in
the days of Cassius, had been taken from them. Antony thought the Jews'
desires were just, and wrote immediately to Hyrcanus, and to the Jews.
He also sent, at the same time, a decree to the Tyrians; the contents of
which were to the same purpose.