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The Resource Battling the gods : atheism in the ancient world, Tim Whitmarsh

Battling the gods : atheism in the ancient world, Tim Whitmarsh

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Battling the gods : atheism in the ancient world
Title
Battling the gods
Title remainder
atheism in the ancient world
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Tim Whitmarsh
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Atheism in the ancient world
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eng
Summary
  • "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"--
  • "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. Homer's epic poems of human striving, journeying, and passion were ancient Greece's only "sacred texts," but no ancient Greek thought twice about questioning or mocking his stories of the gods. Priests were functionaries rather than sources of moral or cosmological wisdom. The absence of centralized religious authority made for an extraordinary variety of perspectives on sacred matters, from the devotional to theatheos, or "godless." Whitmarsh explores this kaleidoscopic range of ideas about the gods, focusing on the colorful individuals who challenged their existence. Among these were some of the greatest ancient poets and philosophers and writers, as well as the less well known: Diagoras of Melos, perhaps the first self-professed atheist; Democritus, the first materialist; Socrates, executed for rejecting the gods of the Athenian state; Epicurus and his followers, who thought gods could not intervene in human affairs; the brilliantly mischievous satirist Lucian of Samosata. Before the revolutions of late antiquity, which saw the scriptural religions of Christianity and Islam enforced by imperial might, there were few constraints on belief. Everything changed, however, in the millennium between the appearance of the Homeric poems and Christianity's establishment as Rome's state religion in the fourth century AD. As successive Greco-Roman empires grew in size and complexity, and power was increasingly concentrated in central capitals, states sought to impose collective religious adherence, first to cults devoted to individual rulers, and ultimately to monotheism. In this new world, there was no room for outright disbelief: the label "atheist" was used now to demonize anyone who merely disagreed with the orthodoxy--and so it would remain for centuries." -- Publisher's description
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Whitmarsh, Tim
Dewey number
200.938
Index
index present
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Text in English
LC call number
BL2747.3
LC item number
.W45 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Atheism
  • Christianity and atheism
  • Atheism
  • Christianity and atheism
  • Religion
  • Greece
  • Greece
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Battling the gods : atheism in the ancient world, Tim Whitmarsh
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [245]-277) and index
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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Contents
Archaic Greece : new horizons -- Polytheistic Greece ; Good books ; Battling the gods ; The material cosmos -- Classical Athens : atheism and oppression. Cause and effect ; "Concerning the gods, I cannot know" ; Playing the gods ; Atheism on trial ; Plato and the atheists -- The Hellenistic era : godlike kings and godless philosophers. Gods and kings ; Philosophical atheism ; Epicurus Theomakhos -- Rome : the new world order. With gods on our side ; Virtual networks ; Imagine ; Christians, heretics, and other atheists
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 290 pages
Isbn
9780307958327
Lccn
2015005799
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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  • ocn906294429
  • (OCoLC)906294429
Label
Battling the gods : atheism in the ancient world, Tim Whitmarsh
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [245]-277) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Archaic Greece : new horizons -- Polytheistic Greece ; Good books ; Battling the gods ; The material cosmos -- Classical Athens : atheism and oppression. Cause and effect ; "Concerning the gods, I cannot know" ; Playing the gods ; Atheism on trial ; Plato and the atheists -- The Hellenistic era : godlike kings and godless philosophers. Gods and kings ; Philosophical atheism ; Epicurus Theomakhos -- Rome : the new world order. With gods on our side ; Virtual networks ; Imagine ; Christians, heretics, and other atheists
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 290 pages
Isbn
9780307958327
Lccn
2015005799
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • ocn906294429
  • (OCoLC)906294429

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