Living with the Gods by Neil MacGregor

Living with the Gods

One of the central facts of human existence is that every society shares a set of beliefs and assumptions - a faith, an ideology, a religion - that goes far beyond the life of the individual. These beliefs are an essential part of a shared identity. They have a unique power to define - and to divide - us, and are a driving force in the politics of much of the world today. Throughout history they have most often been, in the widest sense, religiou...

Details Living with the Gods

TitleLiving with the Gods
Release DateSep 17th, 2018
PublisherAllen Lane
GenreHistory, Religion, Art, Nonfiction, Anthropology, Spirituality

Reviews Living with the Gods

  • Roman Clodia
    Like MacGregor’s other books this is both immensely readable and a testament to his own wide curiosity, knowledge and sense of humanity in its broadest sense. I hesitated before reading this having no religious sensibility at all and while its focus did make it slightly less absorbing for me personally than either his A History of the World in 100 Objects or Shakespeare's Restless World, this approaches faith and religion not via dogma or creed...
  • Sid Nuncius
    This is another excellent book from Neil MacGregor. I have no expertise in this area, but as a lay reader I found it a thoughtful, erudite and immensely illuminating book.MacGregor takes a similar approach to that in his previous outstanding books, A History Of The World in 100 Objects and Shakespeare’s Restless World, in that he uses artefacts fascinatingly to illustrate his subject, basing each brief chapter around a subject which has has rel...
  • Bettie☯
    2017-10-23 The Beginnings of Belief: The programme visits the cave in southern Germany where fragments of ivory were discovered in 1939. These fragments were gradually pieced together by archaeologists decades later to re-assemble the figure. Some smoothing on the torso suggests that the Lion Man was passed from person to person in the cave.2/30: Fire and State: Many societies have seen the mesmerizing phenomeno...
  • Tamara Agha-Jaffar
    Neil MacGregor’s Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples explores objects, rituals, and places in terms of what they reveal about faith and spirituality. Beginning with the 40,000-year- old Lion Man of Ulm, MacGregor takes us on a penetrating and insightful journey that spans centuries, crosses all corners of the globe, and interrogates the religious traditions of the past and present with compassion and respect.MacGregor was director of t...
  • Fussnik
    Neil MacGregor is the writer one has longed for: a master of the story of mankind, history told in small bites and great photos, language like music, and a soaring sense of compassion. The book begins with a 40,000 year old Lion Man sculpture, found in a cave near the Danube... and ends with a small cross, made by a carpenter on Lampedusa, a tiny Italian island, which has become the goal for tens of thousands of migrants from Africa, desperate t...
  • carelessdestiny
    Marvelous reading for these long dark evenings. Beautiful words elegantly strung together in sentences surrounding images of prescient meaning. I wish they hadn't dragged Grayson Perry into it though, he clearly doesn't know what he's talking about.
  • Fraser
    Very enjoyable and informative in sections. Not as good as his previous book but still utilising similar ground - artefacts from the British Museum collection.Recommended
  • Maria
    Very interesting overview of belief systems all over the world. The photos perfectly illustrate the text and add to the reading pleasure.
  • Annarella
    A wonderful book on different aspect of religion and how it shapes our life.It's full of great illustrations and surely give you a lot of food for thought.Highly recommended!Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC