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About Phasaelus

Pallas married Herod the Great in 16BCE, and produced a son, Phasael of Judaea, named after Herod's brother, Phasael - who Josephus speaks of as a brave and noble man. [This Phasael's] son, who likewise bore the name Phasael, and seems to have been posthumous, married Herod's daughter Salampsio, by whom he had five children. The son of Herod by Pallas was called Phasael by Herod, who likewise honored his brother's memory by naming a city northeast of Jericho "Phasaelis," and a tower of his palace at Jerusalem "Phasaelus." (Although, the Wikipedia reference to the Palestinian town & tower suggests they were founded by Herod himself, not his son - [Sharon])

Without any substantiating sources, Charles Pope suggests that "Antipater fulfilled his role as "Reuben" by having a son with one of Herod's minor wives... Pallas, and whose son was named Phasael after Herod the Great's fallen brother. The name Pallas was an epithet of Athena as daughter and consort of another Pallas, the god of wisdom. The famous Parthenon in Athens, Greece was a temple dedicated to Pallas Athena, and the name Parthenon itself derives from the Greek parthenos, "virgin." This wife of Herod's was then most probably a Greek (Seleucid) heiress."


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