“The Time Of the End”
Gaius Popillius Laenas served as one of two consuls of the Roman Republic. He was sent to prevent war between Antiochus IV and the Ptolemaic Egyptian king. On being confronted with the Roman demands that he abort his attack on Alexandria is supposed to have drawn a circle around the king in the sand with his cane.
Under Judas Maccabeus the Jewish general Antiochus Epiphanes IV was defeated. According to the Talmud the Temple was purified (Antiochus had committed abomination of desolation when he offered a pig on the altar and when he set up an image of Zeus in the Temple) and the wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days even though there was only enough oil for one days lighting.