Great-granddaughter of Herod.
Her father, Agrippa I, named her for the sister
of his imperial patron, Caligula. A noted beauty, the sister of Agrippa
II mimicked her aunt [Herodias]
by divorcing her first husband [Azizus, king of Emesa in Syria, who
had converted to Judaism for her sake] to marry (54 CE) a more
powerful official [Antonius
Felix]. Luke claims she
accompanied her husband to interview the apostle Paul when he was
imprisoned in the Praetorium at Caesarea.
As a Roman officer's wife, Drusilla abandoned Judaism. After Felix was relieved as Roman
procurator of Judea
(60 CE), she returned with him & their son, Agrippa, to Italy
where they perished in the great eruption of Mt. Vesuvius (79 CE).
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