NameAristobulus I (Judah) the Hasmonean King of Judaea
Death103 BC
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Aristobulus I [killed 103 BCE]
The eldest son of Johanan Hyrcanus was a ruthless warrior, who imprisoned his own kin to prevent rivals. He extended Jerusalem's control further north than since 950 BCE. He conquered Syrian strongholds at Samaria & Scythopolis. After his father's death, he wrested control of Galilee from the Itureans [Lebanese] & forced the inhabitants to accept "the laws of the Judeans." He was the first Hasmonean to claim the title of "king" [ basileus ].
by Mahlon H. Smith, Rutgers University
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