Tim Whitmarsh (University of Cambridge): What do Greek Gods mean?
Friday, 11 November 2016 from 17:00 to 18:30 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
School of Humanities Lecture
A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, University of Cambridge
"What Do Greek Gods mean?"
There has been widespread praise for Professor Whitmarsh's recent book, Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World (Alfred A Knopf, 2015). In a triumph of reading the stones of early civilisations, he has opened to view the range of unbelief and religious doubt in anc
ient Greece and Rome, placing atheism at the heart of the human condition. He exposes the early refusal of deities, and in so doing contributes to the burgeoning growth of scholarship on atheist history. In addition to his work on unbelief, Whitmarsh is an authority on ancient prose fiction.