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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... 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. If the terms of the debate seem arrestingly modern, that is no coincidence. We are still, in the twenty-first century ...
... century as a result of a messy divorce from theological studies. Since then, historians of Greek religion have ... BC, a number of dedications were set up to the healing god Asclepius, near his shrine at Epidaurus (a small town in the ...
... century BC make reference to kings of ˇAhhiyawa,˘ probably a form of ˇAchaea,˘ a name for the Greek mainland that appears in Homer. Indeed, if Homer}s legend of the expedition to Troy has any historical basis, it would have occurred ...
... century BC they were trading with Cyprus; in fact, it was probably they who founded Larnaca, the modern capital. By the late tenth they were in Crete too. Within one hundred years their reach had extended to Sardinia and modern Tunisia ...
... century BC.6 It was, however, the very diversity of archaic Greece that was its characteristic feature. There was no national hub, no capital, no single, stable core radiating Hellenism outward. Around 1,200 separate Greek poleis have ...
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