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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