Herod was Rome's most important and powerful ally at the end of the Republic and in the first years of Augustus' principate. Although he has entered posterity as a ruthless ruler not only against his own family but also according to the gospel of Matthew as the instigator of the slaughter of the innocents. However he was also an able administrator who developed a powerful army. At its peak Herod's army could field approximately 40000 men. This book will be a fascinating look at the ancient army of Herod the Great which will use the latest Israeli archaeological reports and finds including weapons and armour fragments.