The Life and Times of Herod the Great

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For 2000 years Herod has been called 'great', yet very little is known, though much has been recorded, of this strange historic character who was born as a younger son of an obscure Arab civil servant on the very edge of the Levant, but went on to become one of the most glittering figures of one of the most glowering periods of human history. He was to be the friend - and enemy - of Antony, of Cleopatra, of Augustus' great minister Vipsanius Agrippa, indeed of Augustus himself. He was a familiar and popular ...
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Overview

For 2000 years Herod has been called 'great', yet very little is known, though much has been recorded, of this strange historic character who was born as a younger son of an obscure Arab civil servant on the very edge of the Levant, but went on to become one of the most glittering figures of one of the most glowering periods of human history. He was to be the friend - and enemy - of Antony, of Cleopatra, of Augustus' great minister Vipsanius Agrippa, indeed of Augustus himself. He was a familiar and popular figure in Rome and Athens and was the ruler of the kingdom into which Jesus of Nazareth was born.

Rather than depicting Herod as the merciless author of the Massacre of the Innocents, Stewart Perowne shows him to be a giant of a man who has many claims to greatness: as the protector of his people, as a soldier and diplomat and as the passionate builder of cities throughout Palestine and the magnificent Temple at Jerusalem.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780750932738
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Hasmoneans 6
List of Nabataean Kings 7
Introduction 15
Ch. I Origins 17
Ch. II Patriotism is not Enough 24
Ch. III Pompey 30
Ch. IV False Dawn 36
Ch. V Julius Caesar and the Jews 41
Ch. VI Herod's Debut 45
Ch. VII War and Marriage 48
Ch. VIII Flight and Triumph 53
Ch. IX Herod the King 59
Ch. X Women at War 66
Ch. XI Actium and After 74
Ch. XII Herod and Octavian 79
Ch. XIII Herod and Mariamme 82
Ch. XIV The Client King 88
Ch. XV The Two Jewries 95
Ch. XVI Herod's Policy 103
Ch. XVII Trial and Success 109
Ch. XVIII Herod's Buildings (i): Jerusalem, Jericho and Herodium 115
Ch. XIX Herod's Building (ii): Sebaste, Caesarea and the rest of Palestine, Syria and Asia 124
Ch. XX The Temple (i): Site, Walls and Enclave 129
Ch. XXI The Temple (ii): Gates, Shrine and Liturgy 136
Ch. XXII Heyday 143
Ch. XXIII Last Years - the Nabataeans 152
Ch. XXIV Alexander and Aristobulus 158
Ch. XXV Antipater and Herod: the End 167
Ch. XXVI A Verdict 176
Chronological Table 181
Author's Notes 185
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