Charles, you wrote;
"Hasmonian and Herodian period histories are laced with leading figures named Ptolemy, such as the Chief Steward of Herod the Great, and the Seleucid governor and assassin of Simon brother of Judas Maccabee."
Charles, I do not know if you have ever considered just how important the official of the King or Emperor, as regarded tax or duty collection was? Certainly he would or could be considered a "Chief Steward", and of course there was the "Steward / Stewart / Stuart" lineage of England! I certainly believe that certain people that we today regard as Kings, were only the tax collection official of a larger state or empire. These men were given rights and privileges of a status of King, but still paid homage to another and greater power, IE "The Lord, and King of Kings!"
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