Alexandra the Maccabee

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Alexandra the Maccabee (died ca. 28 BC) was the daughter of Hyrcanus II (died 30 BC), who was the son of Alexander Jannaeus.[1] She married her cousin[2] Alexander of Judaea (died 48 BC), who was the son of Aristobulus II. Their grandfather was Alexander Jannaeus, the second eldest son of John Hyrcanus.[3] Their daughter was the Hasmonean Mariamne and son was Aristobulus III.

Alexandra opposed her son-in-law Herod, and when he became sick with grief after having Mariamne executed, Alexandra tried to seize power, but was unsuccessful and was herself executed.


  1. ^ Alexandra Maccabeus daughter of Hyrcanus II, son of Alexander Jannaeus.
  2. ^ The Hasmonean Dynasty by Al Maxey
  3. ^ Singer, Isidore; Alder, Cyrus; (eds.) et al. (1901-1906) The Jewish Encyclopedia. Funk and Wagnalls, New York. LCCN:16014703

Family trees[edit]

Egyptian family trees including Alexandra Maccabeus


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWilliam Milwitzky (1901–1906). "Alexandra". In Singer, Isidore; et al. Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.