This volume brings together nineteen studies by foremost experts in the period of Herod and Augustus, and highlights recent progress in elucidating the phenomenon of Herod the Great in the context of the Roman imperial order inaugurated by Augustus. They illuminate Herod’s pre-eminent role in the Augustan client network and his remarkable energies, expressed in an extensive building programme which has left substantial remains. The literary records of Herod’s life and times, primarily by Josephus, are critically examined here in relation to the documentary and archaeological evidence.
David Jacobson (Ph.D. London University) is both a scholar of classical archaeology and a materials technologist, holding a Chair in Manufacturing Technology at Buckinghamshire New University. He has served on the Executive of the Palestine Exploration Fund for over a decade and chairs its Publications Committee. He has published widely on Herodian history, architecture and numismatics, most recently a monograph on
The Hellenistic Paintings of Marisa (2007).
Nikos Kokkinos (D.Phil. Oxford University) is a Wingate Scholar and Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University College London. He has written numerous articles on literary, documentary and archaeological material, and his books include
The Enigma of Jesus the Galilean (Greek, 1980/2007),
Antonia Augusta (1992/2002),
The Herodian Dynasty (1998), and
The World of the Herods (editor 2007).
Table of contents
AUGUSTAN AND HERODIAN IDEOLOGY
Herod, Rome, and the Diaspora,
Erich S. Gruen The Augustan Programme of Cultural Renewal and Herod,
Karl Galinsky Herod and Rome: Was Romanisation a Goal of the Building
Policy of Herod?
LITERARY AND DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE
Herod, Augustus, and Nicolaus of Damascus,
Mark Toher Herod, Josephus, and Laqueur: A Reconsideration,
Joseph Sievers The Coins of Herod the Great in the Context of the
Donald T. Ariel Dating Documents in Herodian Judaea, David Goodblatt
AUGUSTAN AND HERODIAN BUILDING PROGRAMMES
Rome and Jerusalem: Public Building and the Economy,
Joseph Geiger Palaces and the Planning of Complexes in Herod’s Realm,
Ehud Netzer Herodian Entertainment Structures,
INDIVIDUAL HERODIAN SITES
Herod’s Caesarea on Sebastos: Urban Structures and
Barbara Burrell The Architectural Origins of Herod’s Temple Mount,
APPLIED ARTS IN THE HERODIAN KINGDOM
Wall Paintings of the Hellenistic and Herodian Period in the
Land of Israel,
Silvia Rozenberg Herodian Pottery,
ADMINISTRATION AND CLIENT NETWORK
Herod, Augustus, and the Special Relationship:
The Significance of the Procuratorship,
Anthony A. Barrett Client Kings’ Armies under Augustus: The Case of Herod,
Denis B. Saddington Nabataean Royal Propaganda: A Response to Herod and
Stephan G. Schmid Herod’s Contemporaries in Britain and the West,
RELIGION UNDER AUGUSTUS AND HEROD
One Temple and Many Synagogues: On Religion and State
in Herodian Judaea and Augustan Rome,
Daniel R. Schwartz
All those interested in the history and archaeology of the Roman Near East, Judaea, Jewish Studies, as well as the History of Judaism and Early Christianity.