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Myths in Stone: Religious Dimensions of Washington, D.C. [Hardcover]

By Jeffrey F. Meyer (Author)
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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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Myths in Stone: Religious Dimensions of Washington, D.C. by Jeffrey F. Meyer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christian Century - 11/07/2001 page 35
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/12/2001 page 203
  • Choice - 09/01/2001 page 136

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Item Specifications...

Studio: University of California Press
Pages   354
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   1.59 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 13, 2001
Publisher   University of California Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0520214811  
ISBN13  9780520214811  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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).

Jeffrey F. Meyer currently resides in the state of North Carolina.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Americas > General
2Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > State & Local
3Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Building Types & Styles
4Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > International > United States
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > Religion

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Washington, D.C. as a place of spiritual pilgrimage...  Jul 1, 2002
Who would have thought of Washington, D.C. as a spiritual destination? You will think so after reading this rich, soulful guidebook to the capital's architectural idiosyncrasies. This author, whom I find more inspiring and much more readable than mythologist Joseph Campbell, escorts the reader on a journey to the mythic center of what Lincoln called "the last great hope of mankind." What better time in our history to visit and revisit it as sacred space. In the words of the author, "to visit Washington is to experience the retelling of a story of mythic proportions." The conclusions Meyer draws from his epiphany, described in the chapter entitled "Reflections," are alone worth the price of the book.

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