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Title: The ‘Notorious’ Felix, Procurator of Judaea, and His Many Wives (Acts 23-24)
Author(s): BRENK, Frederick E. , CANALI DE ROSSI, Filippo
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 82    Issue: 3   Date: 2001   
Pages: 410-417
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.82.3.3200397

Abstract :
Confusion exists over both the gentilicium and the wives of Felix. As for the name, possibly both Antonius and Claudius are correct. In any case, the attempt to assign only the name Claudius to Felix rests on rather shaky ground. As for his wives, possibly none was a descendant of Kleopatra VII. But if she were, she would be a great-granddaughter rather than a granddaughter of the famous queen. An inscription adduced to fix Felix’ name and career is beset with many problems. Finally, we should take his reputation as ‘notorious’ with a grain of salt. But whether notorious or not, his rise was remarkable, deserving of awe if not admiration.

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