BATTLING THE GODS
Atheism in the Ancient World

TIM WHITMARSH
304pp 2015 LIST PRICE: £20.00 G382

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In the bracing, combative air of ancient Athens, scepticism was fully formed and spoiling for a fight. But history is written by those who prevail, and so the lively free-thinking voices of antiquity were mostly suppressed. The author brings to life the origins of the secular values at the heart of the modern state, and reveals how atheism and doubt, far from being modern phenomena, have intrigued the human imagination for thousands of years.
As learned as it is intellectually thrilling. Covering the millennium and more that separates Homer from Theodosius the Great, [the book] fills a gap that probably few of us had even been aware of and does so comprehensively. NEW STATESMAN