Herod Agrippa I
Raised With Royalty
Herod Agrippa I was born in 10 B.C., the son of Aristobulus and Bernice, and
therefore he was the blood relative (grandson) of Herod the Great, through
The Jewish king Herod the Great had many sons and one of them was Aristobulus.
However, the prince and the king were not on speaking terms; after two trials
before the Roman emperor Augustus, Herod had his son executed in 7 B.C.
Aristobulus' son Agrippa was spared at the age of 4.
Aristobulus was the son of Herod the Great and Mariamne, and Bernice was the
daughter of Herod's sister Salome and Costobarus. Agrippa was the brother of
Herodias and went to school in Rome, but he lived a careless and extravagant life,
especially after his mother Bernice's death.
See Herodian Chart
The boy was only three years old -he was born in 11- and was sent to Rome,
where he received a Roman education with the princes of the ruling dynasty, the
Julio-Claudians. Among his companions were the later emperors Caligula and
When Agrippa was young, he and his mother were sent to Rome, where he received
a Roman education with the princes of the ruling dynasty, the Julio-Claudians.
Among his companions were the later emperors Caligula and Claudius. He grew up
with Claudius (who later became Caesar) who was the same age as Agrippa, and
Drusus who was the son of Tiberius and a bit older. At the imperial court he
built relationships which were to prove detrimental for him later in life, not
only with Claudius and Drusus, but also with Antonia, the wife of the elder Drusus
(Tiberius' brother), and others.