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Myths in Stone

Jeffrey Meyer

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520214811
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520921344 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520214811.001.0001
Myths in Stone

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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 an informative tour of the nation's capital as the text unravels the complex symbolism of the city and explores its meaning for our national consciousness. The book 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 this book tours the city's famous axial layout, it 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, the book finds that the city functions as a unifying element in American consciousness, and provides a provocative new look at the meaning of religion in America today.

Keywords: Washington, DC; symbolism; national consciousness; religious themes; monumental architecture; ritualized events; axial layout; Beijing

Book.  354 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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