Ancient History & Civilisation

Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations

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 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.

INTRODUCTION: The Main Witness

PROLOGUE: The Destruction of Jerusalem, 66–70 CE

PART ONE: A MEDITERRANEAN WORLD

CHAPTER ONE: A Tale of Two Cities

CHAPTER TWO: One World Under Rome

CHAPTER THREE: Diversity and Toleration

PART TWO: ROMANS AND JEWS

CHAPTER FOUR: Identities

CHAPTER FIVE: Communities

CHAPTER SIX: Perspectives

CHAPTER SEVEN: Lifestyles

CHAPTER EIGHT: Government

CHAPTER NINE: Politics

CHAPTER TEN: Romans and Jews

PART THREE: CONFLICT

CHAPTER ELEVEN: The Road to Destruction, 37 BCE–70 CE

CHAPTER TWELVE: Reactions, 70–312 CE

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: The Growth of the Church

CHAPTER FOURTEEN : A New Rome and a New Jerusalem

EPILOGUE: The Origins of Antisemitism

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