Jewish Book Week 2023 Saturday 25 February - Sunday 05 March | Tickets now on sale

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.
Passions: The Temple

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.

Meet the Author: Freud’s Couch, Scott’s Buttocks, Brontë’s Grave

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.

Jerusalem: City of the Book
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 Lib...