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Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations (utgåvan 2007)

av Martin Goodman (Författare)

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In 70 CE, after the war which had flared sporadically for four years, three Roman legions under the future Emperors Titus surrounded, laid siege to, and eventually devastated the city of Jerusalem, destroying completely the magnificent Temple which had been built by King Herod only 80 years earlier. Sixty years later, after further very violent rebellions, the destruction of Jerusalem was completed when the otherwise generally lenient and humane Emperor Hadrian built on top of it the wholly Roman city of Aelia Capitolina, and Jews were forbidden even to enter its territory. What brought about this extraordinary conflict, with its extraordinary consequences? Before 66 CE, the Romans had been generally tolerant of the Jews, as of other subject peoples within their vastly diverse empire. Goodman compares Roman and Jewish beliefs about history, the future and the gods, and attitudes to food, sex, politics and patronage, to explore whether there was anything innately incompatible between the two peoples.… (mer)
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Titel:Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations
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This is exhausting stuff--Goodman knows a lot about this period, and he has put it all in this book, which would have been better served divided in two, or perhaps three. The 'comparison' stuff is unhelpful; saying 'the Roman political system was like this, and the Hasmonean political system was like that' over and over, just subbing out 'political system' for something else gets very tedious, very quickly. I read it because Goodman's history of Judaism was very, very good, and because I'm teaching some stuff in this vague arena this semester, so I thought it would be useful. It was not. The imbecilic subtitle doesn't help, but I'm sure that was the publisher's fault. I blame the editor for the generally low standard of prose; again, Goodman can do better, as his more recent big book shows.

Having said all of that, it'll be a great reference work if I ever need to look up something about the second temple era, the end of it, or even early imperial Roman history. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
A well researched and comprehensive analysis of the history of Roman-Jewish relations from the first century BC through the third century A.D. The author is commendably objective in his presentation of both sides of these often complex relations over time. This is a complicated yet highly informative work.

I would have rated this book far higher except for the fact that it contains a significant amount of minutia that does not move the story forward in a compelling fashion. To the contrary, much of the middle section of the work bogs down and can become a bit tedious.

Recommended for those with a particular interest in this fascinating period- but be prepared for a substantial time commitment. As for those with a more general interest, there are probably better books out there. ( )
  la2bkk | Aug 12, 2020 |
This is a Well-written account of the similarities and differences as well as the history of both cities. The book gives plenty of interesting information as well as good pictures in an engaging manner. I bought this book expecting a history of the jewish revolt against Rome but it gave me so much more. This book is highly-recommended. ( )
  zen_923 | Dec 25, 2016 |
His main point: origin of antisemitism almost an accident, a by product of new emperor Vespasian's need to have a victory to prove his credentials. This followed on equally random acts of incompetence by Roman military leaders on the ground in Judea. The anti- Jewish stance then maintained by subsequent emperors (with 1 or 2 exceptions) and then picked up and magnified by Constantine and the Church. Previously Jews had just been another minority religion within the Empire and tolerated as such. Convincing case but seems amazing that something so long-lasting and intense should have such shallow roots. The main bulk of the book is more a cultural comparison of the Roman and Jewish world-views, more info than I really wanted. I personally felt much more at home in the pre-Christian Graeco-Roman world, with its scepticism and love of pleasure and the arts; the Jewish world felt disturbingly like fundamentalist America or, unsurprisingly, settler/orthodox Israel today. ( )
  vguy | Nov 14, 2013 |
This book was not only an excellent comparison and contrast of the Greco-Roman pagan world with that of early Judaism, but also a great introduction to the first century Mediterranean world in general, explaining very well the cultural contexts out of which Christianity and post-Temple Judaism both grew. The only two faults I can find with the book are: 1. there is not enough discussion of the repercussions of the relationship between Greco-Roman pagans and ancient Jews on the Middle Ages and the modern world and 2. the author portrays the break between Judaism and Christianity as a little too clean, perhaps presupposing much later forms of Christianity (Scholastic Roman Catholicism and Protestantism) and tries just a little too hard to show the Christian Roman Empire as inherently antisemetic (for instance: how is a law issued by St. Constantine which gave the death penalty to Jews who stone Christians antisemetic? seems simply sensible to me). Overall, great book; I do recommend. ( )
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In 70 CE, after the war which had flared sporadically for four years, three Roman legions under the future Emperors Titus surrounded, laid siege to, and eventually devastated the city of Jerusalem, destroying completely the magnificent Temple which had been built by King Herod only 80 years earlier. Sixty years later, after further very violent rebellions, the destruction of Jerusalem was completed when the otherwise generally lenient and humane Emperor Hadrian built on top of it the wholly Roman city of Aelia Capitolina, and Jews were forbidden even to enter its territory. What brought about this extraordinary conflict, with its extraordinary consequences? Before 66 CE, the Romans had been generally tolerant of the Jews, as of other subject peoples within their vastly diverse empire. Goodman compares Roman and Jewish beliefs about history, the future and the gods, and attitudes to food, sex, politics and patronage, to explore whether there was anything innately incompatible between the two peoples.

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