By David M. Jacobson, Nikos Kokkinos
This quantity brings jointly nineteen stories by way of top-rated specialists within the interval of Herod and Augustus, and highlights fresh growth in elucidating the phenomenon of Herod the nice within the context of the Roman imperial order inaugurated by means of Augustus. They remove darkness from Herod's pre-eminent function within the Augustan patron community and his impressive energies, expressed in an intensive development programme which has left colossal continues to be. The literary documents of Herod's lifestyles and instances, essentially via Josephus, are severely tested right here with regards to the documentary and archaeological proof.
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194). The phraseology plainly indicates more than mere territorial dominion. Hyrcanus had authorisation to hold sway not simply in Judaea but over Jews in general. 18 On Rome and Parthia in this period, see Ziegler 1964, 45–57; Campbell 1993, 220–8. 19 On Herod’s relations with the Nabataeans, see Bowersock 1983, 39–44, 49–53; Retsö 2003, 372–5. 20 The sources of Herod’s wealth remain a matter of speculation; see Momigliano 1934, 41–52; Netzer 1981, 48–61; Gabba 1990, 160–8; Pastor 2003, 152–64.
They convinced themselves—or at least claimed—that the trophies concealed images to be worshipped. The idea that some form of homage to the Emperor as divinity might be introduced into Jerusalem naturally provoked alarm. Herod’s attempts to set the minds of the objectors at rest proved unavailing. The king had to order the trophies stripped of decoration to show that they contained nothing but bare wood and could house no images. This appeased most of those who were angry and even provoked some laughter—perhaps at Herod’s expense.
He was not merely a political operator and another client king, but, as is clear from many contributions to this volume, he was a cultural force. In the concluding section, therefore I want to develop this context some more. I will start by addressing the definition of “the Augustan cultural renewal”, a title suggested to me by the organizers of the conference. This aspect, of course, does overlap and connect with the first two I discussed, and their convergence is a major reason for the dynamics of Augustan culture, including the creation of a Mediterranean oikumene to which Herod significantly contributed.