Simon Goldhill is Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at Cambridge University. His many publications include Love, Sex and Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes our Lives (2004) and The Temple of Jerusalem (2004).
Why should anyone care about a writer’s house? Why do tourists flock to see where the Brontës lived or where Shakespeare was born? Simon Goldhill was invited by Chicago University Press to try and find out why we love to stare at Wordsworth’s desk or Freud’s couch or Charlotte Brontë’s underwear. His trip – four Jews on a train in search of an author’s house – is a funny, smart and reflective journey into our ideas of the self and our cultural values.
Simon Goldhill's book, Jerusalem, City of Longing, has been published to great reviews: it takes the reader on a vivid, iconoclastic, and surprising tour of Jerusalem -- its history, archaeology and myths. It will change the way you look at the city that means so much to so many people.
In this talk, Simon Goldhill, took some of the myths, tales and truths about the walls of the city, one of the most familiar yet insufficiently understood sites of Jerusalem.
The Temple of Jerusalem, destroyed by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago, has a unique hold on our imaginations. Not just a building, it is also a way of constructing a picture of humanity’s relation to the divine. Simon Goldhill engages with its long history of longing and grief, fantasy and power, artistic dreams and political machinations.