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Battling the gods : Atheism in the ancient world

Tim Whitmarsh (Author)
"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"--
Print Book, English, 2016
Faber and Faber, London, 2016
viii, 290 pages ; 24 cm
9780571279302, 0571279309
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