What contributions did King Solomon make during early history?

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According to the Book of Kings, Solomon ruled a united kingdom of Israel for forty years. During this time, the Bible says that he built the Temple promised, but never built, by his father, King David.

Arguably his most important contribution to history, in the biblical account, is to have ruled so unwisely and imposed such swingeing taxes, that the people of the northern tribes rebelled against his son and formed their own kingdom. However, scholars dispute whether there ever really was a united kingdom of Israel, in which case it is hard to ascribe this or any other achievement to Solomon.
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