The Dream of King Solomon Giclee Print
The Dream of Solomon, c.1693 Giclee Print
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The wisest and most magnificent of the kings of Israel, son of David and Bathsheba. Aside from his wise choice of "an understanding heart," he is perhaps most celebrated for his building of the famous temple that bore his name and his entertainment of the Queen of Sheba.
The Biblical narrative ( I Kings ii-xi) relates that "he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart." Nevertheless "King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom." The glory of his reign gave rise to innumerable legends, many of which are related in the Talmud and the Koran.
the English Solomon
James I (reigned 1603-1625), whom Sully called "the wisest fool in Christendom."
the second Solomon
(I) Henry VII of England; (2) James I.
the Solomon of France
Charles V. ( 13641380) called le Sage.
Rabbinical fable has it that Solomon wore a ring with a gem that told him all he desired to know.