It’s been quite a while since I last visited the Israel Museum and, to tell the truth, I would not normally have chosen an afternoon in late August, during the school holidays, when the museum opens its doors free to children. 1,336 more words
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The exhibition currently on show at the Israel Museum reveals just a tiny fraction of the grandeur and ambition of King Herod, the Idumaean who once ruled Judea, with some help from his Roman patrons, and was known mainly for his grandiose building projects throughout the region, most notably the Second Temple in Jerusalem, and his murderous cruelty to all and sundry, including his own family. 447 more words
The New York Times article reporting on the Herod exhibit at the Israel Museum concludes with my comments.
Shmuel Browns, a tour guide and expert on Herodium who helped Netzer excavate the site as a volunteer, said he was awed by the meticulous reconstruction, particularly of a large basin adorned with several heads that was found in pieces in two disparate places at the site, now an Israeli national park. 402 more words
Each day we rose before dawn and the unrelenting desert heat to continue digging east of the monumental staircase. In the summer of 2007, after Professor Netzer had discovered the base of the mausoleum, I volunteered at the archaeological site at Herodium. 1,033 more words