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To put things (very) simply; the whole bloody war was over the city or Jerusalem. Many lives were taken, from both sides, in an effort to possess it. In his moment of despair, Balian wonders if this city is worth all those losses, and shares his bewilderment with Saladin. Saladin at first replies "Nothing". Echoing this earlier exchange with Balian: ...


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Jerusalem with it's castles, forts, bricks and mortars, gold and silver and silk and everything else of material value is considered to be devoid of any true value in the eyes of salahuddin. Hence he says 'nothing'. Remember that Balian asks the question 'what is Jerusalem worth' in the context of being bewildered as to why Salahudding fought such a long ...


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An epic quote condensing the tragedy of the human condition into two words. Nothing and everything. Nothing refers to the pure materialistic value of property, gold, silver jewleries, food, water, land etc. This does not make Jerusalem special; other places are equally bestowed with such goods, hence it is worth nothing more than any other city on earth. ...



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