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Herod the Great

73 BC - 3 BC

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Herod I (; Hebrew: הוֹרְדוֹס‎, Modern: Hōrdōs, Tiberian: Hōrəḏōs; Greek: Ἡρῴδης Hērṓidēs; c. 72 – 4 or 1 BCE), also known as Herod the Great, was a Roman Jewish client king of Judea, referred to as the Herodian kingdom. He is known for his colossal building projects throughout Judea, including his renovation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and the expansion of the Temple Mount towards its north, the enclosure around the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, the construction of the port at Caesarea Maritima, the fortress at Masada, and Herodium. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Herod the Great has received more than 6,338,643 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Herod the Great is the 107th most popular politician (down from 102nd in 2019), the 14th most popular biography from Israel and the most popular Israeli Politician.

Hereditary king of Judea, and the Roman client-king of the province of Judea. He was the son of Antipater the Idumaean, and Cypros, a Nabatean Arab.

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Among politicians, Herod the Great ranks 107 out of 15,577Before him are Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, Pontius Pilate, Mehmed III, Philip IV of France, Hadrian, and Mary II of England. After him are Hermann Göring, Isabella I of Castile, Yasser Arafat, Pepin the Short, Louis XIII of France, and Philip II of Macedon.

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Among people born in 73 BC, Herod the Great ranks 1 Among people deceased in 3 BC, Herod the Great ranks 1

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Among people born in Israel, Herod the Great ranks 14 out of 430Before him are Andrew the Apostle (-6), Elijah (-1000), Matthew the Apostle (10), Samson (-1118), Jonah (-850), and Saint Stephen (1). After him are Judas Iscariot (50), Saul (-1079), Mary Magdalene (-10), Bartholomew the Apostle (-100), Thomas the Apostle (1), and Daniel (-690).


Among politicians born in Israel, Herod the Great ranks 1After him are Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (1161), Ariel Sharon (1928), Yitzhak Rabin (1922), Herod Antipas (-20), Goliath (-1060), Moshe Dayan (1915), Rehoboam (-972), Mahmoud Abbas (1935), Benjamin Netanyahu (1949), Sibylla, Queen of Jerusalem (1160), and Hezekiah (-800).