A History of Pagan Europe
A History of Pagan Europe is the first comprehensive study of its kind, and establishes Paganism as a persistent force in European history with a profound influence on modern thinking. This timely second edition bring the books completely up-to-date and includes analysis of recent work in the area. From the serpent goddesses of ancient Crete to modern nature-worship and th...more
Contention exists over the very definition of pagan--the general "western-academic" consensus is that it is a useless or over-used word, stolen by new-age neopagans ...more
What A History of Pagan Europe does well is to convey that in Europe, as elsewhere, civilization was invented by Pagans; that Christianity's takeover was often violent, involving forced conversions of ...more
That said, the book is surprisingly informative. All things, of course, have roots ...more
As the casual observer can tell, I am fascinated with those portions of history that are either sugar-coated, glossed over or ignored in mainstream education - unless you choose to become a history major.
This book, along with Ramon Jiminez's "Caesar & The Celts" fills in a few gaps in a Doctor ...more
It looks more like an index of cults and adoration than an actual book, which is a shame. Nevertheless, books on this subject are somewhat rare, so it's still a worthwile read.
The authors seem to start out with a time based description by covering Greek and Roman cultures but then it becomes obvious that they have chosen to cover the topic by geography. With that choice they end up frequently jumping backwards and forward in time. This approach makes it difficult to get the feel of how history progresses. This becomes critical when the issue of how the christian ...more
Supplemented with this Philosophical Tome. And I think something of a Red Pill experience would likely overcome most readers fresh out of High School State Education.
The idea of the Goddess and her consort come to life in the discussion of Minoan Crete. THE Minoans were an agrarian people who were very peaceful and lived in unwall ...more