AFTER this calamity had befallen Cestius, many of the most eminent
of the Jews swam away from the city, as from a ship when it was going to
sink; Costobarus, therefore, and Saul, who were brethren, together with
Philip, the son of Jacimus, who was the commander of king Agrippa's forces,
ran away from the city, and went to Cestius. But then how Antipas, who
had been besieged with them in the king's palace, but would not fly away
with them, was afterward slain by the seditious, we shall relate hereafter.
However, Cestius sent Saul and his friends, at their own desire, to Achaia,
to Nero, to inform him of the great distress they were in, and to lay the
blame of their kindling the war upon Florus, as hoping to alleviate his
own danger, by provoking his indignation against Florus.