Mormon studies, Herod, Palestine, architecture
Herod the Great, although remembered principally in Christian circles for his slaughter of the infants as stated in Matthew's gospel, also left his mark on the world's memory as an ambitious builder. Herod finally consolidated power in 37 B.C. and immediately began an extensive building program—one perhaps unequaled in the history of ancient Israel. Ehud Netzer declares that "Herod the Great's building projects in W Palestine constitute the most prominent in the country, for any single specific period or personality." Herod's construction sites were located mainly in Western Palestine but also included places such as Antioch, Beirut, Damascus, and Rhodes. The scope of his projects varied from simple monuments to public works, fortresses, palaces, and the magnificent temple in Jerusalem.
"Herod the Great's Building Program,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 36:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol36/iss3/6