Of the Temple, on the site of the citadel of the Asmoneans, and constructed a magnificent palace for himself on the western hill, defended by three great towers, which he named Mariamne, Hippicus and Phasaelus.
Judas and the Asmoneans were usurpers, who owed their title to Lysias.
One by one the descendants of the Asmoneans were removed.
There Menelaus, the fomenter of war with the Asmoneans, was put to death by Lysias in 164 B.
3 1 ), the family is more correctly designated by the name of Hasmonaeans or Asmoneans (q.v.).