Justice in client kingdoms: The many trials of Herod’s sons

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While Herod was content to dispose of other members of his family without Roman involvement, he was careful to consult with his imperial overlords before taking drastic action against his sons. Yet he also constantly claimed that he had the power to deal with them as he pleased. Through a detailed examination of the trial narratives found in Josephus, this article considers the level and nature of Roman involvement in these proceedings, Herod’s possible motivations for calling them in, and what this can reveal to us about the operation of justice in client kingdoms such as Judaea.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473–496
Number of pages24
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


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