Alexander was the son of a religous and rich man from Egypt, and he was
related to the philosopher Philo of Alexandria. He crucified two men,
James and Simon, who were sons of the Judas who had revolted against
Cumanus and Cyrenius' taxation, for unknown reasons. He also imported
grain from Egypt because of a great famine in the province. Other than
these incidents, Josephus notes that Alexander's reign was a tranquil
Ancient sources: Antiquities 20.5.2; War 2.11.6, 2.12.1, 2.15.1, 2.18.7-8, 4.10.6, 5.1.6, 5.5.3, 5.12.2, 6.4.3; Histories 1.11, 2.74, 2.79; Suetonius, Vespasian 6.