Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Another King's Empty Tomb

Archaeologist Ehud Netzer believes he has uncovered the tomb of Herod the Great, who was king when Jesus was born. He's the one that ordered the death of all male babies under age 2 in an attempt to strangle the Messiah in his cradle.

Didn't work though.

To the right is a picture of the Herodium, one of his many fortress/palaces, where his tomb is. According to Netzer the sarcophagus has long since been smashed to bits and Herod himself is no where to be found. A common fate for ancient kings, one must admit.

Still, I can't help but savor the irony of two tombs of two kings -- one of which tried to kill the other -- both empty for such radically different reasons.

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