In the mean time, Antipas went also to Rome, to strive for the kingdom,
and to insist that the former testament, wherein he was named to be king,
was valid before the latter testament. Salome had also promised to assist
him, as had many of Archelaus's kindred, who sailed along with Archelaus
himself also. He also carried along with him his mother, and Ptolemy, the
brother of Nicolaus, who seemed one of great weight, on account of the
great trust Herod put in him, he having been one of his most honored friends.
However, Antipas depended chiefly upon Ireneus, the orator; upon whose
authority he had rejected such as advised him to yield to Archelaus, because
he was his elder brother, and because the second testament gave the kingdom
to him. The inclinations also of all Archelaus's kindred, who hated him,
were removed to Antipas, when they came to Rome; although in the first
place every one rather desired to live under their own laws [without a
king], and to be under a Roman governor; but if they should fail in that
point, these desired that Antipas might be their king.