Herod, the Great (not to be confused with Herod Antipas who came later) is one of the most important characters in Jewish history.He was ambitious, cruel and paranoid to be sure, but, nevertheless, he remains a very significant person in the terms of understanding this period of Roman domination of the Jewish people.Many of the methods employed in early and primitive cultures were non-surgical.
Various methods have been used to perform an abortion, including the administration of abortifacient herbs, the use of sharpened implements, the application of abdominal pressure, and other techniques.
Others included the use of irritant leaves, fasting, bloodletting, pouring hot water onto the abdomen, and lying on a heated coconut shell.
Archaeological discoveries indicate early surgical attempts at the extraction of a fetus; however, such methods are not believed to have been common, given the infrequency with which they are mentioned in ancient medical texts.
Herod had originally sided with Anthony but switches allegiance at the last minute and backs Octavian.
His last minute support for Octavian earns him Augustus's confirmation as King of Israel.