Rome and Jerusalem : the clash of ancient civilizations /

A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem. Martin Goodman--equally renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies--examines this conflict, its causes, and its consequences with unprecedented authority and thoroughness. He deli...

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Main Author: Goodman, Martin, 1953-
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Language:English
Published:New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition:1st U.S. ed.
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Main Author:Goodman, Martin, 1953-
Summary:A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem. Martin Goodman--equally renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies--examines this conflict, its causes, and its consequences with unprecedented authority and thoroughness. He delineates the incompatibility between the cultural, political, and religious beliefs and practices of the two peoples and explains how Rome's interests were served by a policy of brutality against the Jews. At the same time, Christians began to distance themselves from their origins, becoming increasingly hostile toward Jews as Christian influence spread within the empire. This is the authoritative work of how these two great civilizations collided and how the reverberations are felt to this day.--From publisher description.

A magisterial history of the titanic struggle between the Roman and Jewish worlds that led to the destruction of Jerusalem.

In 70 C.E., after a four-year war, three Roman legions besieged and eventually devastated Jerusalem, destroying Herod's magnificent Temple. Sixty years later, after further violent rebellions and the city's final destruction, Hadrian built the new city of Aelia Capitolina where Jerusalem had once stood. Jews were barred from entering its territory. They were taxed simply for being Jewish. They were forbidden to worship their god. They were wholly reviled.

What brought about this conflict between the Romans and the subjects they had previously treated with tolerance? Martin Goodman--equally renowned in Jewish and in Roman studies--examines this conflict, its causes, and its consequences with unprecedented authority and thoroughness. He delineates the incompatibility between the cultural, political, and religious beliefs and practices of the two peoples. He explains how Rome's interests were served by a policy of brutality against the Jews. He makes clear how the original Christians first distanced themselves from their origins, and then became increasingly hostile toward Jews as Christian influence spread within the empire. The book thus also offers an exceptional account of the origins of anti-Semitism, the history of which reverberates still.

An indispensable book.

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General Notes:"Originally published in Great Britain by Allen Lane"--Title page verso.
Physical Description:xiv, 598 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 559-585) and index.
ISBN:0375411852
9780375411854
Author Notes:

Martin Goodman is the author of "In Search of the Divine Mother" & "On Bended Knees", which was short listed for the Whitbread First Novel Award, as well as numerous stories, magazine articles, & plays. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, & the French Pyrenees.

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