Thanks Charles...went back to the source material...The Jewish Encyclopedia bio on Aristobulus III discusses the earlier Aristobulus who was Herod's brother-in-law...and in the A III bio they give the date of the earlier Aristobulus' death. It is a bit confusing...well at least it confused me (not to difficult).
I appreciated your comment of ancient royal politics....seems remarkable that our race has survived....with all the sub-plots and assassinations and intrigue it is hard to believe that there was any time left to "serve the people"....its a Pollyanna statement by design.
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