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

Jeffrey Meyer


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 ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520214811
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520214811.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Meyer, author