The Harlot and the Imperial Economy
Lecture no. 10 from the course: The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History
Taught by Professor Craig R. Koester | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses
Encounter Babylon the harlot, one of the most remarkable figures in the Apocalypse. She symbolizes the city of Rome in all its ancient opulence. Two literary forms useful for understanding John's metaphor are satire and the obituary. John is both satirizing Rome's decadence and sounding its death knell.