Philippe Jordan's orchestra serves Jarrell's music with precision and energy, propelling the drama forward to the ineluctable conclusion: all characters come to terms with their duty; Berenice and Antiochus
leave Rome separately but contrary to Racine, neither seeks death--clearly exile is the worst of fates.
Moreover, amid all the differences, some general rules may be determined, such as: profound changes in the satrapal system under Antiochus
III, or "The Great" as he had legitimate reason to prefer, had extended the reach of his empire from the Aegean in the West as far East as the frontier of modem Afghanistan and into India.
| O dudalen 26 Gwyddwn yr un pryd mai gwaeth na ffieidd-dra yr Antiochus
Epiffanes hwnnw, a aberthodd foch, o bob dim, ar allor Teml Jeriwsalem, yr ystyrid fy mhechod ysgeler i y pnawn Nadolig hwnnw, a achosodd y fath halogiad anfad ar deml Bethlehem (M.C.).
12, and end with nightfall on Wednesday, Dec. 20. The 8-day holiday celebrates the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem following a massacre ordered by the Greek-Syrian King Antiochus
IV that initially pushed Jews from the city.
Stephen Notley, handsomely augments Whiston's English translation of Josephus eyewitness account with state-of-the-art maps, pictures, and illustrations that bring clarity and new life to this gripping story of the final days of the Second Temple, as the reader is guided from the arrival of Antiochus
Epiphanes to the fall of Masada.
Rebekah, along with female physician Agnodice, Lydia's father Eumenes, and the handsome rogue-actor Leonidas, are memorable in Bread of Angels, while the evil Antiochus
and strong but compassionate Marcus add drama and romance to the plot.
A year ago, an excavation revealed the remnants of the Hakra, a fortress constructed by the Seleucid king Antiochus
IV (the protagonist of the Chanukah story) in order to control the city and supervise the activities in the Temple.
In the story of Hanukkah--the cruel reign of Antiochus
, the unlikely victory of Mattathias and his sons, the one cruse of sacred oil left in the plundered Temple that burned for eight days--there is no mention of money.
Therein, the ancient author has offered an emotional history of the revolt of the Jews against the Seleucids, whose leader, Antiochus
IV Epiphanes, was fiercely intent upon Hellenizing all under his command.
has kept suitors from marrying by requiring that they answer a riddle correctly or die.