Battling the gods : atheism in the ancient world (Book, 2017) [WorldCat.org]
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Battling the gods : atheism in the ancient world

Author: Tim Whitmarsh
Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How new is atheism? Long before the Enlightenment sowed seeds of disbelief in a deeply Christian Europe, atheism was a matter of serious public debate in the Greek world. But history is written by those who prevail, so the lively free-thinking voices of antiquity were mostly suppressed. Tim Whitmarsh brings to life the origins of the secular values at the heart of the modern state, and reveals how atheism and doubt,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Whitmarsh
ISBN: 9780571279319 0571279317
OCLC Number: 1030980286
Notes: Originally published: 2016.
Description: viii, 290 pages ; 20 cm.
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.
Responsibility: Tim Whitmarsh.

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How new is atheism?Long before the Enlightenment sowed seeds of disbelief in a deeply Christian Europe, atheism was a matter of serious public debate in the Greek world.  Read more...

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