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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Silver, for example, could be mined in Spain, worked in Greece, then sold in the Levant.5 Archaic Greece was formed by interaction with its eastern and southern neighbors. It was the Phoenicians who inspired the Greek adoption of the ...
Such shared institutions aside, however, Greek culture was but the aggregate of numerous related but distinct regional cultures.8 Language use provides a neat example of Greece}s highly regionalized nature: there was a high level of ...
Apollo, for example, was called ˇPythian˘ at Delphi, ˇSminthian˘ at Hamaxitus, ˇCynthian˘ on Delos, and ˇAcraephian˘ in Acraephius. ˇHow shall I sing of you,˘ runs one hymn to that god, ˇyou who are sung of in so many ways?
The idea of a Greek priest or priestess using his or her influence to sway public debates on (for example) the definition of marriage or the treatment of the poor was unthinkable. Priesthood was a role within the community, ...
These categories are, of course, likely to have been less distinct in practice (for example, the treasury of Athena located within the Parthenon was deemed ˇsacred,˘ but its resources were on occasion used to equip the military).
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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
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