Ep. 7 – How Ancient is Atheism? with Tim Whitmarsh

How long has atheism been around? In this seventh episode of the show, I talk with Tim Whitmarsh, the A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge, about atheism in ancient history. Professor Whitmarsh works on all areas of Greek literature and culture, specializing particularly in the world of Greeks under the Roman Empire. Professor Whitmarsh has published several books, including Greek Literature and the Roman Empire, Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel, and his most recent, Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World.

Armchair Atheism is the official podcast of GodlessHaven.com, exploring subjects related to religion and non-belief through interview discussions with a variety of scholarly and thoughtful voices.

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Tim’s website: http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/directory/professor-tim-whitmarsh

Twitter: @Twhittermarsh

Battling the Gods on Amazon.com

Battling the Gods at Knopf Doubleday

 

Links related to this episode:

Epicurus at the IEP

Greek Religion at the Ancient History Encyclopedia

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s review of Battling the Gods for the New York Times

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