Herod Aemilianus
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Herod Aemilianus is the son of Herod Agrippa, the king of Judaea. He is currently serving as King of Chalcis and Tetrarch of Batanaea and Trachonitis, positions to which he was appointed by Emperor Domitius. [Historical Note: Chalcis, Batanaea, and Trachonitis are all districts in Palestine and Syria, north of Judaea proper. Like Judaea these were semi-autonomous client states of the Roman empire, ruled by local aristocrats. Tetrarch is a title used generally in the Levant area to indicate a subordinate ruler.]

As clients of Rome, the Herodian dynasty has ruled the kingdom of Judaea since Augustus confirmed Herod the Great in his kingship. Most of them, including Herod Aemilianus, were raised and educated in Rome. The Herodians are close allies of the Julian emperors, a primary lynchpin of the empire's power in the region of Palestine.

The youngest Herod, Aemilianus, is a long-term associate of Emperor Domitius. Though he has a wife and family back in Palestine, he spends much of his time in Rome, where he invariably stays in the palatine complex.

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