The history of human civilization parallels the history of its
cities. From Athens under the rule of Pericles to the Jerusalem
that Jesus knew, the great cities of the past defined the eras
in which they were built and shaped the minds of countless
generations. These places embodied the knowledge and beliefs of
entire societies within their walls?and yet due to the vagaries
of history, these worlds are lost to us, buried beneath the ruins
of time and memory.