"Alexander Jannaeus was a member of the Hasmonean dynasty, a priestly family that ruled Judea from 152 to 63 BCE. He became high priest and king in 104/3 BCE and waged numerous wars that were both defensive and meant to enlarge Judea’s borders. It was under his rule that Judea’s territory reached its maximum extension..." – By Katell Berthelot
"“Xenophon (c. 430–c. 353 BCE) came from a wealthy Athenian background and in his youth associated with Socrates. Participation in Cyrus’s unsuccessful rebellion in 401 and mercenary service with Spartan armies in Anatolia in 399–394 BCE was followed by exile and prolonged residence near Olympia..." – By Christopher J. Tuplin
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