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Herod of Chalcis

Herod of Chalcis

The basics
Quick Facts
Gender male
Mother: Berenice
Father: Aristobulus IV
Siblings: Aristobulus MinorAgrippa I
Spouse: BereniceMariamne IV
Children: Aristobulus of Chalcis
The details

Herod of Chalcis (d. 48-49 AD), also known as Herod V, (the Jewish Encyclopedia lists him as Herod II) 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. 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.

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. 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, the son of Carnus, and Ananias was appointed by him.

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

Family tree

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