Herod of Chalcis

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Coin of Herod of Chalcis, showing Herod of Chalcis with brother Agrippa of Judaea crowning Roman Emperor Claudius I.

Herod of Chalcis (d. 48-49 AD), also known as Herod V, listed by the Jewish Encyclopedia as Herod II,[1] was a son of Aristobulus IV, and the grandson of Herod the Great, Roman client king of Chalcis. He was the brother of Herod Agrippa I and Herodias.


His first wife was his cousin, Mariamne.[2] She bore him a son named Aristobulus, who also eventually became ruler of Chalcis.

After Mariamne's death, he married his niece Berenice, with whom he had two sons, Berenicianus and Hyrcanus.[1]

Around 41 AD, at the request of his brother, Herod Agrippa, emperor Claudius granted him the rule of Chalcis, a territory north of Judaea, with the title of king.[3] Three years later, after the death of his brother, he was also given responsibility for the Temple in Jerusalem, as well as the appointment of the Temple's High Priest. During the four years in which he exercised this right he appointed two high priests—Joseph, son of Camydus (44-46), and Ananias, son of Nedebeus (ca. 47-52).[1]

He died in 48 AD. After his death the kingdom was given to Herod Agrippa II.

Family tree[edit]

Herod the Great
Mariamne I
d. 29 BC
d. 7 BC
(daughter of Salome
Mariamne III
Herod V
Herod Agrippa I
Aristobulus Minor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "HEROD II. - JewishEncyclopedia.com". jewishencyclopedia.com.
  2. ^ The daughter of Joseph ben Joseph (nephew of Herod) and Herod's daughter Olympias, who was the sister of Herod Archelaus and Herod Antipas. See Antiquites XVIII 5:4.
  3. ^ History of Jewish Coinage, and of Money in the Old and New Testament– Google Knihy. Books.google.cz. January 1, 1864. Retrieved 2016-09-24.
Herod of Chalcis
New title King of Chalcis
– 48 AD
Succeeded by
Agrippa II