that crazy king herod...

in times of political transition, we can think of other political leaders who also had their "issues". in the dec 2008 national geographic, there's a great article on king herod, including descriptions of his tomb, recently discovered at herodium, near bethlehem.

the saying "it was better to be herod's pig than his son" alludes to this quasi-jewish roman leader's desire to keep kosher and be accepted by his jewish subjects, but who repeatedly killed off his wives and offspring because he was afraid they would be a threat to his rule.

on the national geographic site, you can test your knowledge of king herod, by taking their eight question quiz, or by playing the herod's lost tomb game! (obviously i have too much free time on my hands...)

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