When Herod the great king lived his life here on earth he was a mighty man, whose like perhaps has never been known.
He had no link with the divine. Inwardly he was a wilderness, and the stars drove their cold spears into his soul.
Thus did Herod the great king live out his life here on earth, the time allotted to him. An emblem of mankind: mankind that replenishes the earth but whose race shall one day be erased from it and, so far as may be conjectured, will leave no memorial. Thus he lived his life.