Jerusalem: City of the Book

Merav Mack, Simon Goldhill

Chair: Raquel Ukeles

01/03/2020 8:00 pm
Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Benjamin Disraeli said, “The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.”

Merav Mack presents Jerusalem as the locus where some of the world’s most enduring ideas were put into words, while Simon Goldhill provides a tour through the history of this most image-filled and ideology-laden city – from the Old City to the Holy Sepulchre. Raquel Ukeles chairs the conversation, exploring the central positon of Libraries in Jerusalem past, present and future.

In partnership with the National Library of Israel

Merav Mack


Merav Mack is a research fellow at the Truman Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and teaches at the university’s department of comparative religion. She is the editor of Captives (Shazar & Van Leer, 2014) and Post-Subjectivity (CSP, 2014). Her articles have been published by the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Crusades, and the Journal of Medieval History. Mack received her PhD in medieval history from the University of Cambridge.

Simon Goldhill


Simon Goldhill is an award-winning writer and broadcaster, whose books The Temple of Jerusalem and Jerusalem, City of Longing are best-sellers and translated into eight languages. He is Professor of Greek at Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College. He has published widely on ancient Greek and on Victorian Jerusalem.

Raquel Ukeles


Raquel Ukeles is curator of the Islam and Middle East collections of the National Library of Israel.

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In partnership with the National Library of Israel