While standing in line at the grocery store, my eyes caught a glimpse of something that looked very familiar. I picked it up, it was the December issue of the national geographic featuring King Herod (Hordus) as the Holy Land’s Visionary Builder, with a beautiful spectacular image of the Herodium, Masada . Of course I bought the issue. The author describes King Herod as “one of the most imaginative and energetic builders of the ancient world”, a king that is remembered for his cruelty as much as his ingenuity. The author is doing a great job mixing historical facts and artifacts together with some contemporary Israeli smells and flavors of his own experience.
As a bonus, the issue includes a folded poster with an exploded view of the old city of Jerusalem form the days of King Salomon till today, with section drawings of the Temple, Dome of the Rock and more.
follow this link to the article
make sure you look through Michael Melford's photographs
btw, the following article about ‘The Stolen Past’ is worth reading as well.