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Palaces And The Planning Of Complexes In Herods Realm

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Analyzing the building projects of Herod the Great leads one to the conclusion that the design of complexes is one of their most distinctive features. This is manifested by the planning, to a high standard, of many of his palaces as complexes, as is the case with most of the temples and entertainment facilities. Herods palaces excelled in their great variety. The striking complexes among these palaces are: Masadas Northern Palace; Jerichos Third Palace; tentatively, the central palace at Jerusalem; and Greater Herodiumthe most comprehensive complex. Herods sources of inspiration ranged from his predecessors, the Hasmonaeans; the Hellenistic architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean; the developing Roman architecturein particular that of Augustus and his milieu; but above all his own ability, based on the combination of a deep understanding in the field of building, profound logic, and a most creative imagination.

Keywords: Augustus; Caesarea; Hasmonaean; Herod; Jericho; Jerusalem



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