When this wedding was over, he built another citadel in that place
where he had conquered file Jews when he was driven out of his government,
and Antigonus enjoyed it. This citadel is distant from Jerusalem about
threescore furlongs. It was strong by nature, and fit for such a building.
It is a sort of a moderate hill, raised to a further height by the hand
of man, till it was of the shape of a woman's breast. It is encompassed
with circular towers, and hath a strait ascent up to it, which ascent is
composed of steps of polished stones, in number two hundred. Within it
are royal and very rich apartments, of a structure that provided both for
security and for beauty. About the bottom there are habitations of such
a structure as are well worth seeing, both on other accounts, and also
on account of the water which is brought thither from a great way off,
and at vast expenses, for the place itself is destitute of water. The plain
that is about this citadel is full of edifices, not inferior to any city
in largeness, and having the hill above it in the nature of a castle.