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Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World
By Tim Whitmarsh and James Langton (narrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Highbridge Co
Publication date November 10, 2015
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781622319640
ISBN-10 1622319648
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 5.50 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $34.99
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Long before the European Enlightenment and the Darwinian revolution, which we often take to mark the birth of the modern revolt against religious explanations of the world, brave people doubted the power of the gods. Religion provoked skepticism in ancient Greece, and heretics argued that history must be understood as a result of human action rather than divine intervention. They devised theories of the cosmos based on matter, and notions of matter based on atoms. They developed mathematical tools that could be applied to the world around them, and tried to understand that world in material terms. Their skepticism left a rich legacy of literature, philosophy and science, and was defended by great writers like Epicurus, Lucretius, Cicero and Lucian. Tim Whitmarsh tells the story of the tension between orthodoxy and heresy with great panache, a story that ended--for the moment--with the imposition of Christianity on the Roman Empire in 313 CE.

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Hardcover
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from Alfred a Knopf Inc (November 10, 2015)
9780307958327 | details & prices | 290 pages | 6.75 × 9.60 × 1.20 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $27.95
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Paperback
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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (October 18, 2016)
9780307948779 | details & prices | 304 pages | List price $16.95
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CD/Spoken Word
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With James Langton (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Highbridge Co (November 10, 2015)
9781622319640 | details & prices | 6.00 × 5.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $34.99
About: Long before the European Enlightenment and the Darwinian revolution, which we often take to mark the birth of the modern revolt against religious explanations of the world, brave people doubted the power of the gods.

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