Wednesday, December 10, 2008

King Herod Revealed

Masada-King Herod's 3 tiered palace

This interesting article from National Geographic, December 2008

The Holy Land's visionary builder.

By Tom Mueller
Photograph by Michael Melford

Eight miles south of Jerusalem, where the last stunted olive trees and stony cornfields fade into the naked badlands of the Judaean desert, a hill rises abruptly, a steep cone sliced off at the top like a small volcano. This is Herodium, one of the grand architectural creations of Herod the Great, King of Judaea, who raised a low knoll into a towering memorial of snowy stonework and surrounded it with pleasure palaces, splashing pools, and terraced gardens. An astute and generous ruler, a brilliant general, and one of the most imaginative and energetic builders of the ancient world, Herod guided his kingdom to new prosperity and power.

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