Battling the Gods

Atheism in the Ancient World

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Tim Whitmarsh
  • New York, NY: 
    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
    , October
     2016.
     304 pages.
     $19.99.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780307948779.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

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.Whitmarsh provides a bracing antidote to our assumptions about the roots of freethinking. By shining a light on atheism’s first thousand years, Battling the Gods offers a timely reminder that nonbelief has a wealth of tradition of its own, and, indeed, its own heroes.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Tim Whitmarsh is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge. He has published widely on ancient prose fiction, including Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel: Returning Romance, and edited The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel.

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