Herod Agrippa I | Index

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coins_agrippa_1_small.gifAgrippa ended up marrying the daughter of Phasael whose name was Cypros, a distant relative. They bore five children: Drusus (who died young), Agrippa, Berenice, Mariamme and Drusilla. Agrippa’s wife Cypros won for him many privileges, including the favor of his sister's husband, Antipas. Antipas gave Agrippa a home, a substantial allowance, and was made the market supervisor (agoranomos) of Antipas' new capital city Tiberias, where he then resided.

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It wasn't long before Agrippa found his position to be very inadequate, and it is told that Antipas kept it that way to scorn him. Matters came to a head one evening at Tyre during a feast when Antipas reproached Agrippa for his poverty and claimed that he owed the very food he was eating to Antipas.