But as they were come to Cesarea, Sabinus, the procurator of Syria,
met them; he was going up to Judea, to secure Herod's effects; but Varus,
[president of Syria,] who was come thither, restrained him from going any
farther. This Varus Archelaus had sent for, by the earnest entreaty of
Ptolemy. At this time, indeed, Sabinus, to gratify Varus, neither went
to the citadels, nor did he shut up the treasuries where his father's money
was laid up, but promised that he would lie still, until Caesar should
have taken cognizance of the affair. So he abode at Cesarea; but as soon
as those that were his hinderance were gone, when Varus was gone to Antioch,
and Archclaus was sailed to Rome, he immediately went on to Jerusalem,
and seized upon the palace. And when he had called for the governors of
the citadels, and the stewards [of the king's private affairs], he tried
to sift out the accounts of the money, and to take possession of the citadels.
But the governors of those citadels were not unmindful of the commands
laid upon them by Archelaus, and continued to guard them, and said the
custody of them rather belonged to Caesar than to Archelaus.