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The Siege of Jerusalem
Author: Adrienne Williams-Boyarin

ISBN: 9781554811588
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 170
Published: 28 November 2013
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.1
Description:
The Siege of Jerusalem (c. 1370-90 CE) is a difficult text. By twenty-first-century standards, it is gruesomely violent and offensive. It tells the story of the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE, an event viewed by its author (as by many in the Middle Ages) as divine retribution against Jews for the killing of Christ. It anachronistically turns first-century Roman emperors Titus and Vespasian into Christian converts who battle like medieval crusaders to avenge their savior and cleanse the Holy Land of enemies of the faith. It makes little sense without frank understanding of medieval Christian anti-Semitism. There is, nevertheless, some consensus thatSiege is a finely crafted piece of poetry, and that its combination of horror, beauty, and learnedness makes it an effective work of art. As literary scholar A.C. Spearing has put it, "We may not like what the poet does, but it is done with skillful craftsmanship and sometimes with brilliant virtuosity."
The tale that the anonymous Siege poet tells, moreover, is an important and still reverberating part of the history of Western ...

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