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Herod the Great

Author: Michael Grant
Publisher: New York : American Heritage Press, ©1971.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Herod of popular tradition is the tyrannical King of Judaea who ordered the Massacre of the Innocents and died a terrible death in 4 BC as the judgment of God. But this biography paints a much more complex picture of this contemporary of Mark Antony, Cleopatra, and the Emperor Augustus. Herod devoted his life to the task of keeping the Jews prosperous and racially intact. To judge by the two disastrous Jewish  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Grant, Michael, 1914-2004.
Herod the Great.
New York, American Heritage Press [1971]
(OCoLC)606561206
Online version:
Grant, Michael, 1914-2004.
Herod the Great.
New York, American Heritage Press [1971]
(OCoLC)609141592
Named Person: Herod, King of Judea; Hérode, roi de Judée; Herod, King of Judea
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Grant
ISBN: 0070240736 9780070240735
OCLC Number: 198077
Description: 272 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Herod's background: Jews and Arabs --
Herod the King --
Herod takes over his kingdom --
Herod and the Jews --
Herod, Antony and Cleopatra --
Success with Augustus: Tragedies at home --
Jews and non-Jews --
Generosity and splendour --
Expansion beyond the Jordan --
The Temple --
How Herod paid for it all --
Marcus Agrippa and the Jews outside Judaea --
Changed plans for the succession --
The second Arab war --
The downfall of Herod's sons --
Repression of the Jews: The last days of Herod --
The aftermath --
The achievement of Herod --
Sources of information.
Responsibility: Michael Grant.

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The Herod of popular tradition is the tyrannical King of Judaea who ordered the Massacre of the Innocents and died a terrible death in 4 BC as the judgment of God. But this biography paints a much more complex picture of this contemporary of Mark Antony, Cleopatra, and the Emperor Augustus. Herod devoted his life to the task of keeping the Jews prosperous and racially intact. To judge by the two disastrous Jewish rebellions that occurred within a hundred and fifty years of his death -- those the Jews called the First and Second Roman Wars -- he was not, in the long run, completely successful. For forty years Herod walked the most precarious of political tightropes. For he had to be enough of a Jew to retain control of his Jewish subjects, and enough of a pro-Roman to preserve the confidence of Rome, within whose territory his kingdom fell. For more than a quarter of a century he was one of the chief bulwarks of Augustus' empire in the east. He made Judaea a large and prosperous country. He founded cities and built public works on a scale never seen before: of these, recently excavated Masada is a spectacular example. And he did all this in spite of a continuous undercurrent of protest and underground resistance. The numerous illustrations presents portraits and coins, buildings and articles of everyday use, landscapes and fortresses, and subsequent generations' interpretations of the more famous events, actual and mythical, of Herod's career.

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