Cultural depictions of Herod the Great
This page lists cultural depictions of Herod the Great, grouped by order and arranged by date.
- Herod appears in some cycles of the Mystery Plays, played as an over the top villain. Such portrayals were still in folk memory in William Shakespeare's time, for Hamlet instructs the players not to "out-Herod Herod" (Act 3, Scene 2).
- Herod the Great is a central character in Elizabeth Cary's The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry (1613). The play is a work of historical fiction, set in 29 B.C., revolving around Herod's second wife, Mariam, and their families, when Herod is believed to have been killed by Octavian (later Caesar Augustus).
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Film, radio and television
- Cleopatra (1934), played by Joseph Schildkraut
- Erode il grande (1958), played by Edmund Purdom
- King of Kings (1961), played by Gregoire Aslan
- The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), played by Claude Rains
- The 3 Kings (2000), played by Ron Moody
- The Nativity Story (2006), played by Ciarán Hinds
- He appears in the first play of Dorothy L. Sayers' radio play cycle The Man Born to be King.