Alexandra the Maccabee

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Alexandra the Maccabee from Nuremberg Chronicle, published in 1493

Alexandra the Maccabee (died ca. 28 BC) was the daughter of Hyrcanus II (died 30 BC), who was the son of Alexander Jannaeus.[1][2] She married her cousin[3] 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.[4] 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.


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


  1. ^ "Second Temple Judaism: A Brief Historical Outline--Part Three". Westmont. Retrieved 22 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Alexandra Maccabeus
  3. ^ The Hasmonean Dynasty by Al Maxey
  4. ^ Singer, Isidore; Alder, Cyrus; (eds.) et al. (1901-1906) The Jewish Encyclopedia. Funk and Wagnalls, New York. LCCN:16014703

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