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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... (Zeus, Hera, and the extended family), there were rustic gods such as nymphs of the woods and springs, and the half-goat Pan; there were local deities like the Muses; primeval forces like Earth and Hestia (ˇHearth˘); imported divinities ...
... Zeus, Baal, or Amun (although plenty of wars were, of course, fought in antiquity all the same).16 The history of atheism in antiquity suggests that Assmann was right. Certainly, atheism was not always approved of in Greek polytheism ...
... Zeus, and the defeat of the various monsters and Titans who threaten their supremacy. In the Iliad, gods fight on either side of the conflict between Trojans and Greeks; Zeus, however, stands aloof and sees to it that the outcome ...
... Zeus wanted to kill off some of its inhabitants. Some modern scholars have argued that Zeus}s plan was to take revenge upon the Trojans for the kidnapping of Helen (but why then so much suffering on both sides?). There are other ...
... Zeus and Mnemosyne (ˇMemory˘). The language in which they are composed is not everyday Greek: the diction is elevated and archaic and embedded in a verse form (the dactylic hexameter) that has a religious aura to it: it is sometimes ...
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