Myths in Stone by Jeffrey F. Meyer
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Myths in Stone
By Jeffrey F. Meyer

Myths in Stone

Religious Dimensions of Washington, D.C.

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Myths in Stone by Jeffrey F. Meyer

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Washington, D.C., is a city of powerful symbols - from the dominance of the Capitol dome and Washington Monument to the authority of the Smithsonian. This book takes us on a fascinating and informative tour of the nation's capital as Jeffrey F. Meyer unravels the complex symbolism of the city and explores its meaning for our national consciousness. Meyer finds that mythic and religious themes pervade the capital - in its original planning, in its monumental architecture, and in the ritualized events that have taken place over the 200 years the city has been the repository for the symbolism of the nation. As Meyer tours the city's famous axial layout, he discusses many historical figures and events, compares Washington to other great cities of the world such as Beijing and Berlin, and discusses the meaning and history of its architecture and many works of art. Treating Washington, D.C., as a complex religious center, Meyer finds that the city functions as a unifying element in American consciousness. This book will change the way we look at Washington, D.C., and provide a provocative new look at the meaning of religion in America today. It will also be a valuable companion for those traveling to this city that was envisioned from its inception as the center of the world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520214811
ISBN-10: 0520214811
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 354
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jeffrey F. Meyer

Jeffrey F. Meyer is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is the author of The Dragons of Tiananmen: Beijing as a Sacred City (1991).

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