Rome, Jerusalem conflict to be focus of Romano Lecture


 Martin Goodman, professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford University and a Fellow of Wolfson College and of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, will deliver the Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecture at noon Friday, April 11, in Presidents Reception Room of the Anderson Center at Binghamton University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will investigate a war launched by Rome, that destroyed the city of Jerusalem and resulting in the destruction of a century old temple.  Goodman will explore this conflict and why the Roman state would not allow the Jerusalem Temple to be rebuilt, with momentous consequences for the future of the Jews and Judaism.

Goodman has divided his intellectual life between the Roman and Jewish worlds and has edited both the Journal of Roman Studies and the Journal of Jewish Studies.  He has taught Roman history at Birmingham and Oxford universities and in 1996 was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

In 2002 he edited the Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies, which was awarded a National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship. His most recent book, Rome and Jerusalem: the Clash of Ancient Civilizations, was published in October 2007.

The Mario and Antoinette Romano Lecture Series was endowed in 1984 by Mr. and Mrs. Romano to sponsor lectures given by noted speakers in history, economics, art history and medicine.

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Last Updated: 9/17/13