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Antonius

Antonius

[an-toh-nee-uhs]
Felix, Antonius, fl. A.D. 60, Roman procurator of Judaea, Samaria, Galilee, and Peraea (c.A.D. 52-A.D. 60), a freedman of Claudius I. He was judge of the apostle Paul. He married Drusilla, a Herodian princess. He was succeeded by Porcius Festus, and when recalled to Rome, he escaped being sentenced to death by Nero only through the intercession of his brother, Pallas. His oppressive rule caused deep resentment among the Jews and strengthened the anti-Roman party.

Antonius (fem. Antonia) was the nomen of the gens Antonia, one of the most important plebeian (meaning not patrician) families of ancient Rome. The family claimed descendancy from Anton, a son of the Greek god Hercules. Women of the family carried the name Antonia, according to the Roman naming convention. The Antonii produced several important Roman generals and politicians, listed below.

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