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Rome And Jerusalem: Public Building And The Economy

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This chapter demonstrates that Herods building policies, one of the best-known and most often explored aspects of his reign, were deeply influenced by those of Augustus and Agrippa; the emphasis is laid on economic side of these building activities with special reference to the rebuilding of the Temple of Jerusalem and the employment of large numbers of men in it. Next, the economic aspect of Augustus large building and restoration projects are reviewed, and their importance in providing more or less permanent employment for great numbers of people as well as contributing to the growth of the economy and to the general prosperity is assessed, and then an attempt is made to compare these achievements with those of Herod. The chapter explains whether the policies of Herod had a comparable influence on his relations with his people as had those of the Princeps on his relations with the Roman plebs.

Keywords: Agrippa; Augustus; building policies; economy; employment; King Herod; Rome; Temple of Jerusalem



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