Agrippa II  [died after 93 CE]

Last ruler from the house of Herod. Great-grandson of Herod the Great through both his father [Agrippa I] & mother [Cypros, the daughter of Salampsio], Agrippa II was, like his father & paternal grandfather, raised in the imperial household in Rome. Only 16 when his father died (44 CE), he was too young to be named king of the volatile kingdom of Judea. But six years later, the emperor Claudius put him in charge of the Lebanese kingdom of Chalcis, that had been vacated by the death of his uncle, Herod (48 CE). Agrippa's support of Jews in their feud with Samaritans (52 CE) led Claudius to replace the procurator of Judea [Cumanus] & give Agrippa control of the Syrian provinces [Golan, Batanea & Trachonitis] that had previously been governed by his father & great-uncle [Philip]. Like his father & uncle, he retained the title of "king." When Nero became emperor (54 CE), he expanded Agrippa's kingdom to include Perea and the west shore of the sea of Galilee, territory that had belonged to the domain of his father & another great-uncle [Antipas]. Although his reign was the longest of any member of the Herodian dynasty, he never ruled Judea, Samaria or the bulk of Galilee. Yet, his sister, Drusilla, became wife of a Roman procurator of Judea [Antonius Felix]. Though Claudius made him administrator of the temple in Jerusalem, Agrippa himself was not a religious Jew & created scandal among Jewish subjects by continuing his incestuous relationship with another sister, Berenice. That scandal is not mentioned, however, in Luke's account of the apostle Paul's favorable audience before the pair on the eve of his deportation to Rome [Acts 25-26]. Since Agrippa sided with Rome in the great Jewish revolt (66-70 CE), his position was reconfirmed by Roman emperors after Nero.

References: Josephus, Antiquities 19.360-362;
                                                        20.9-12, 104, 135-140, 189-203, 211-214.
                   _____, War 2.220-223, 245-247, 335-407, 523-526; 3.56-57.
                   _____, Life 34-39, 74, 114, 340-367, 381-398.

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Small bronze coin minted at Tiberias by Agrippa II in 73-74 CE, the year that Masada fell to the Romans.  Images and inscriptions on the coin advertise Agrippa's renewed pledge of allegiance to Rome. The face shows the bust of the victorious Vespasian & bears the Greek inscription: Autokra[tori] Ouespasi[ani] Kaisari Sebato ["for the Emperor Vespasian, Caesar Augustus"].  The reverse reads -- from right of the figure of Tyche -- Basil[eos] Agrippou ["of king Agrippa"]. Coins issued by Agrippa II prior to 70 CE bear no human likeness.

For high resolution images of this and other coins of Agrippa II see Joseph Sermarini's Forum Ancient Coins.

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