Israel Museum presents first exhibition on King Herod featuring newly discovered tomb


The world's first exhibition on the life and legacy of Herod the Great, one of the most influential — and controversial — figures in ancient Roman and Jewish history opened at the Israel Museum on February 13. ‘Herod the Great: The King's Final Journey’ presents approximately 250 archaeological finds from the king’s recently discovered tomb at Herodium and other sites and sheds new light on the political, architectural and aesthetic impact of Herod’s reign from 37 to 4 BCE.

A striking reconstruction of the burial chamber of the mausoleum is a centerpiece of the exhibition, which is accompanied by a 250-page catalogue that includes scholarly articles on Herod’s life and the legacy of Herodian architecture by Prof. Netzer and other experts in the field.

“Professor Ehud Netzer capped his decades-long excavation of Herodium with his discovery of King Herod’s tomb in 2007, and over the past five years, archaeologists excavating the site have made remarkable discoveries that have deepened our appreciation of Prof. Netzer’s remarkable achievement and enriched our understanding of Herod, his reign, and his role in the history of the region,” said Israel Museum Director James S. Snyder.

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