Maccabees 1:54
"Now the fifteenth day of the month Casleu, in the hundred forty and fifth year, they set up the abomination of desolation upon the altar, and builded idol altars throughout the cities of Juda on every side;".
Keeping note, tracking the meaning behind "abomonation of desolation. [2] Someone said the abomination could be the shots in todays time, if the prophecy reflects. Also, the idol altars could also be the christian churches as it was said that worship is not supposed to be done carnally, but in spirit and truth.

Maccabees 5:30
"And betimes in the morning they looked up, and, behold, there was an innumerable people bearing ladders and other engines of war, to take the fortress: for they assaulted them."
Just thought the saying; "engine of war" was interesting. Maybe there was war tech like how we see today. [2] Makes the whole "caveman" old times = less technology idea fall apart.

Maccabees 6:20
"So they came together, and besieged them in the hundred and fiftieth year, and he made mounts for shot against them, and other engines."
Another example of the word "engine". Tangent - I feel like our perception of how VERY old times looked like, is distorted... They make it seem as if the things we have today are out of comparison to what we had back then.

Maccabees 10:57
"So Ptolemee went out of Egypt with his daughter Cleopatra, and they came unto Ptolemais in the hundred threescore and second year:"
Funny how urban legends/notable people can ALWAYS be traced biblically. I think this helps prove the bible is a very sound historical document, and not a fairytale.

Maccabees 13:28-13:29
"28 Moreover he set up seven pyramids, one against another, for his father, and his mother, and his four brethren." 29 And in these he made cunning devices, about the which he set great pillars, and upon the pillars he made all their armour for a perpetual memory, and by the armour ships carved, that they might be seen of all that sail on the sea."
Maybe REAL pyramids were sculptures of monumental memory for the deceased with perhaps the body elseware or under it. Sort of like how we have museums. [2] In a way this would make sense because even these prymids today are museums and not actual burial sites. "

Maccabees 13:42-13:44
"44 And they that were in the engine leaped into the city; whereupon there was a great uproar in the city:"
Another example of the word "engines" being used, but this time it was said that they were inside of it.