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In assessing the identity of the sovereign, his contemporaries and descendants often experienced mixed feelings. Without a doubt, Herod was a very gifted and active ruler. Judah when it became a rich and prosperous country. Huge wealth enabled the king to rebuild many of the old city and establish new ones. Many beautiful buildings were built in Jerusalem. In the 20 BC Herod with incredible cost, with unparalleled luxury and splendor of the temple of the restructuring carried out. His truly royal generosity he stretched and foreign city. It is difficult even to list the benefits that he showered Syria and Hellas, as well as other areas where he had to call in during his travels. He also helped many individuals, so it's fair had a reputation of being one of the most generous of princes of his time. Many are so amazing contradictions in the character of Herod and how courage, deep mind and true greatness of spirit in it coexisted with ruthlessness, injustice and evil cunning. However, according to Josephus, there was nothing surprising in these contradictions: his generous bounty, and his despotic cruelty grounds were one reason - boundless ambition. For the sake of the desire to win the fame and immortality Herod was ready for the most back-breaking costs money and to the most inhuman violence. Despite its Hellenic gloss, he remained true oriental despot. This is most clearly manifested in his relationship with approximate and home. Those who knew how to please him, could feel himself on how his immense generosity. But if someone does not flatter him either verbally, or did not recognize himself his slave, or arouse suspicions to themselves in terms of malicious against the royal power, such Herod did not tolerate and raged against them without any measures.

A Gleaner in Clover Fields by Ervilla Tuttle

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