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Cyprus ., III, of Judaea

Also Known As: "Cyprus/ Kypros / Kufra", "daughter of Salampsio & Phasaelus"
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Daughter of Phasael ., II and Salampsio ., Princess of Judaea
Wife of Herod Agrippa Marcus Julius ., I, King of Judaea
Mother of Herod Agrippa, II, Last Herodian King of Judea Edit profile basics; Julia Berenice, Princess of Judaea, Queen of Chalcis; Mariamne ., I, Princess of Judaea; Drusilla of Judaea and Drusus, Prince of Judaea
Sister of Alexander ., III, of Judaea; Alexandra ., of Judaea; Antipater ., IV, of Judaea and Herod ., IV, of Judaea

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Cyprus (II). Like her husband King Agrippa I, Cyprus too was King Herod’s grandchild. Yet all the details we know about this woman’s life are connected with her marriage to Agrippa and the assistance she rendered him when he was young and poor. Thus we hear that she managed to avert her husband’s desperate, suicidal mood by writing to his sister Herodias, who was the wife of Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee at the time, and thus securing employment for him (Ant. 18:148). This shows that Josephus imagined a network of connections between women (and cousins) who could maneuver their men-folk and influence the political scene. Finally, when her husband was short of money and had to escape his debtors under cover, Cyprus used her charms to secure a loan for him from Alexander, the alabarch (chief magistrate) of the Jewish community in Alexandria (Ant. 18:160). This is the last we hear of her. Since this story contradicts another one, where it seems that the loan was granted to Agrippa by Antonia, the Emperor Claudius’ mother (Ant. 18:164), one scholar suggested that it is not historical, and that Josephus used Cyprus to create a dichotomy between a good wife—Cyprus—and a bad one—Herodias.


For the greater part of his live, Agrippa lived in Rome. Here he met his wife Cyprus, a distant relative, and here his five children were born: Drusus (who died young), Agrippa, Berenice, Mariamme and Drusilla. He spent all his money, went bankrupt and had to flee from his creditors at the beginning of the thirties.


Salampsio  wed her cousin Phasael II, son of Phasael [1] I [after 20BCE, and they] had five children (Herod IV, Alexander III, Antipater IV, Alexandra and Cyprus III) (Ios. Ant. Iud. 16,7,6; 17,1,3; 18,5,4). Wandrey, Irina (Berlin) Source: Brill’s New Pauly


Wagner, Sir Anthony Richard; ‘Pedigree and Progress: Essays in the Genealogical Interpretation of History’ has her dates as b c 25 BCE


ID: I82432 Name: Cypros of Judea Given Name: Cypros Surname: of Judea Sex: F _UID: 38F17415AE00BC4CB5728DE9B11B6E80BF46 Change Date: 6 Oct 2005 Death: deceased

Father: Phasael II of Judea Mother: Salampsio of Judea

Marriage 1 Agrippa I of Judea Married: Children

Berenice of Judea

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