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Herods Caesarea On Sebastos: Urban Structures And Influences

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Starting in 22 BCE, Herod the Great began to build an enormous artificial harbour and city on the coast of his realm. He devoted a major portion of his and his kingdoms wealth and resources to the project, probably ceasing work on any other but the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. This chapter analyses the siting of, influences on, and motives behind all the major structures of the project. Everything began with the harbour, which was vital for the provision of materials for its own construction as well as that of all the rest. The Temple of Augustus and Rome was to dominate the harbour and seacoast, while the street grid of the settlement followed its own rationale. For the wider Graeco-Roman world, Caesarea on Sebastos served as a show-window onto Herods realm. In all these ways, the harbour and city accomplished the designs of this cosmopolitan king.

Keywords: Augustus; Caesarea; Herod; Jerusalem; Rome; Sebastos



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