The hasmonean dynasty was ended though herod married

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the Hasmonean dynasty was ended though Herod married one of its members, Mariamne, perhaps to give legitimacy to his own rule. (He later had her killed for disloyalty. He married another Miriamne. He had 10 wives in all.) King Herod engaged in a massive building campaign including refurbishing the Jerusalem Temple. At the same time , according to Josephus, Herod was a hated dictator: At which time Herod released to his subjects the third part of their taxes, under pretense indeed of relieving them, after the dearth they had had; but the main reason was, to recover their good-will, which he now wanted; for they were uneasy at him, because of the innovations he had introduced in their practices, of the dissolution of their religion, and of the disuse of their own customs; and the people everywhere talked against him , like those that were still more provoked and disturbed at his procedure; against which discontents he greatly guarded 15
NTNotesImperato himself, and took away the opportunities they might have to disturb him, and enjoined them to be always at work; nor did he permit the citizens either to meet together, or to walk or eat together , but watched everything they did, and when any were caught, they were severely punished ; and many there were who were brought to the citadel Hyrcania, both openly and secretly, and were there put to death; and there were spies set everywhere, both in the city and in the roads, who watched those that met together; nay, it is reported that he did not himself neglect this part of caution, but that he would oftentimes himself take the habit of a private man, and mix among the multitude, in the night time, and make trial what opinion they had of his government: and as for those that could no way be reduced to acquiesce under his scheme of government, he prosecuted them all manner of ways; but for the rest of the multitude, he required that they should be obliged to take an oath of fidelity to him, and at the same time compelled them to swear that they would bear him good-will, and continue certainly so to do, in his management of the government; and indeed a great part of them, either to please him, or out of fear of him , yielded to what he required of them; but for such as were of a more open and generous disposition, and had indignation at the force he used to them, he by one means or other made away, with them.(Josephus. Antiquities XV.10.4) Though Hyrcanus (a Hasmonean) was both king and High Priest, Herod appointed a Babylonian Jew as High Priest, namely Ananelus. At the prodding of Alexandra(Hasmonean empress) and Cleopatra, Herod appointed 17 year old son of Alexandra, Aristobulus, as High Priest. Within a year Herod had him drowned, and reappointed Ananelus as High Priest. Herod then had Hyrcanus killed (see Josephus Antiquities XV).

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