[murdered 46 BCE]
Son & namesake of
Julius Caesar's uncle, Sextus Julius Caesar was made governor of
Syria by his dictator cousin soon after Pompey's
murder (48 BCE).
During Herod's trial by
the Sanhedrin for executing captive Galilean insurgents without due
process, Sextus supported the brash defendent & subsequently put Roman
forces in Palestine under his command. Sextus himself was killed, however,
in a mutiny by his own troops,
instigated by former Pompey aide, Cecilius
Caesar, Civil War
Dio, Roman History 47.26.
on the World of Jesus
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