Jerusalem: City of Longing by Simon GoldhillJerusalem: City of Longing by Simon Goldhill

Jerusalem: City of Longing

bySimon Goldhill

Paperback | March 30, 2010

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Jerusalem is the site of some of the most famous religious monuments in the world, from the Dome of the Rock to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to the Western Wall of the Temple. Since the nineteenth century, the city has been a premier tourist destination, not least because of the countless religious pilgrims from the three Abrahamic faiths.

But Jerusalem is more than a tourist site—it is a city where every square mile is layered with historical significance, religious intensity, and extraordinary stories. It is a city rebuilt by each ruling Empire in its own way: the Jews, the Romans, the Christians, the Muslims, and for the past sixty years, the modern Israelis. What makes Jerusalem so unique is the heady mix, in one place, of centuries of passion and scandal, kingdom-threatening wars and petty squabbles, architectural magnificence and bizarre relics, spiritual longing and political cruelty. It is a history marked by three great forces: religion, war, and monumentality.

In this book, Simon Goldhill takes on this peculiar archaeology of human imagination, hope, and disaster to provide a tour through the history of this most image-filled and ideology-laden city—from the bedrock of the Old City to the towering roofs of the Holy Sepulchre. Along the way, we discover through layers of buried and exposed memories—the long history, the forgotten stories, and the lesser-known aspects of contemporary politics that continue to make Jerusalem one of the most embattled cities in the world.

Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge.
Title:Jerusalem: City of LongingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pagesPublished:March 30, 2010Publisher:HarvardLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0674034686

ISBN - 13:9780674034686


Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. The Center of the Christian World
  2. The Center of Jewish Jerusalem
  3. The Center of Muslim Jerusalem
  4. The Old City
  5. The Oldest City
  6. The Victorian City
  7. The Modern City
  • Bibliography
  • Acknowledgments
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index

Editorial Reviews

Part history, part archaeology, part travel guide to Jerusalem's holy sites and public buildings, this is an indispensable and enjoyable book for anyone interested in understanding the crucial role the city has played in the history of the three major monotheistic religions...Writing with humor and an eye for detail, Goldhill also exposes the myths behind claims made by the various religious denominations who have staked out the different sections of Jerusalem.