Simon makes an alliance with Rome (1 Macc 14:24-14:24)

“After this, Simon sent Numenius to Rome with a large gold shield weighing a thousand minas, to confirm the alliance with the Romans.”

There is not much added here except that it is only Numenius who went to Rome. It seems that Antipater did not go with him. He brought the gift of an expensive gold shield with him to confirm their alliance with the Romans.

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