The Building Program of Herod the Great / Edition 1

The Building Program of Herod the Great / Edition 1

by Duane W. Roller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520209346

ISBN-13: 9780520209343

Pub. Date: 02/20/1998

Publisher: University of California Press


Herod the Great, King of Judaea from 444 B.C., is known as one of the world's great villains. This notoriety has overshadowed his actual achievements, particularly his role as a client king of Rome during Augustus's reign as emperor. An essential aspect of Herod's responsibilities as king of Judaea was his role as a builder. Remarkably innovative, he created an…  See more details below

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Herod the Great, King of Judaea from 444 B.C., is known as one of the world's great villains. This notoriety has overshadowed his actual achievements, particularly his role as a client king of Rome during Augustus's reign as emperor. An essential aspect of Herod's responsibilities as king of Judaea was his role as a builder. Remarkably innovative, he created an astonishing record of architectural achievement, not only in Judaea but also throughout Greece and the Roman east. Duane W. Roller systematically presents and discusses all the building projects known to have been initiated by Herod, and locates this material in a broad historical and cultural context.

Bringing together previously inaccessible material, Roller enriches our understanding of the enigmatic Herod and provides new insights into Roman architecture. Herod was instrumental in the diffusion of the Augustan architectural revolution into the provinces and was the first to build outside Italy such Italian architectural forms as the basilica, amphitheater, villa, and Italian temple. Herod's legacy provided a groundwork for the architectural Romanization of the east, influencing the construction of the great temple complexes and palaces so familiar from later Roman architecture.

Herod, like Augustus himself, was not only interested in architecture but also in diplomatic and financial contacts among cities of the region. In addition to providing a repertorium of the building projects, this study is also an exploration of international relations in the eastern Mediterranean at the beginning of the Roman imperial period.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520209343
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/20/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
351
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Stemmata
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction1
Ch. 1Herod's First Trip to Rome10
Ch. 2What Herod Saw in Rome33
Ch. 3Herod and Marcus Agrippa43
Ch. 4The Herodian Intellectual Circle54
Ch. 5Herod's Second and Third Trips to Rome66
Ch. 6Early Roman Building in the Southern Levant76
Ch. 7The Building Program of Herod the Great85
Ch. 8Catalogue of Herod's Building Program125
Ch. 9The Buildings of Herod's Descendants239
Ch. 10The Legacy of Herod254
App. 1The Curious Matter of Herodian Building in Armenia263
App. 2Herodian Iconography270
App. 3Stemmata278
Bibliography291
List of Passages Cited321
Index329

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