Dynasty of ancient Judaea, descendants of the Maccabee family. The name derives from their ancestor Hasmoneus, but the first of the ruling dynasty was Simon Maccabeus, who became leader of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid king c. 143 BC and, in victory, was made high priest, ruler, and ethnarch of Judaea. The last Hasmonean was deposed and executed in 37 BC by the Romans under Mark Antony.
This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise.
For the full entry on Hasmonean dynasty, visit Britannica.com.
Seen & Heard
What made you look up Hasmonean dynasty? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.