Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 10. nóv. 2015 - 304 síđur
How new is atheism? Although adherents and opponents alike today present it as an invention of the European Enlightenment, when the forces of science and secularism broadly challenged those of faith, disbelief in the gods, in fact, originated in a far more remote past. In Battling the Gods, Tim Whitmarsh journeys into the ancient Mediterranean, a world almost unimaginably different from our own, to recover the stories and voices of those who first refused the divinities.
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... Part One: Archaic Greece Chapter 1: Polytheistic Greece Chapter 2: Good Books Chapter 3: Battling the Gods Chapter 4: The Material Cosmos Part Two: Classical Athens Chapter 5: Cause and Effect Chapter 6: ˇConcerning the Gods, ...
This dialogue, between a religious devotee and an atheist intellectual in Athens at the end of the fifth century BC, did not take place. But it could have done. All of the ideas in it are to be found in ancient Greek sources.
... the Athenians are said to have rejected out of hand an alliance with the Persians against the other Greeks, on the grounds that ˇwe are all Greeks: we.
The remaining parts of western Anatolia and Athens employed Ionic. In Arcadia and on Cyprus a different dialect (Arcadocypriot) again was found. The poems of Homer and Hesiod were composed in Ionic, which may be expected to have given a ...
On other occasions, the surnames were more oblique and mysterious even to the Greeks themselves: so Zeus was called Apomyios (ˇthe Fly-Repellent˘) in a cult at Olympia, and Apollo Lykeios (ˇthe Wolf-God˘) in one area of Athens ...
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What I found especially fascinating about this book was the fundamental point that he makes about peoples attitudes towards religion. The idea of a single unified faith community is a mirage ..both in ... Read full review
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This is a very good history of ancient Greek society and the role of mythology. It also extends in the peak of the Roman empire. Unfortunately, there is little about the existence or role of atheism ... Read full review
Battling the Gods
The Material Cosmos
Cause and Effect
Concerning the Gods I Cannot Know
Playing the Gods
Plato and the Atheists
Gods and Kings
With Gods on Our Side
Atheism on Trial