The Pagan World

Ancient Religions Before Christianity
Narrated by: Hans-Friedrich Mueller
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: History, Ancient
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In The Pagan World: Ancient Religions Before Christianity, you will meet the fascinating, ancient polytheistic peoples of the Mediterranean and beyond, their many gods and goddesses, and their public and private worship practices, as you come to appreciate the foundational role religion played in their lives. Professor Hans-Friedrich Mueller, of Union College in Schenectady, New York, makes this ancient world come alive in 24 lectures with captivating stories of intrigue, artifacts, illustrations, and detailed descriptions from primary sources of intriguing personalities. 

In the ancient Mediterranean area, religion was not separate from daily life. To the contrary, religion was daily life. The many dozen gods of this ancient world were everywhere, with spirits inhabiting every crack and crevice of life. These polytheists believed they had a strict contract with their deities: If they took care of their gods, their gods would take care of them (or at least not harm them). Consequently, they built extraordinary temples to honor their deities, brought food and wine to them, sacrificed animals for them, and held sacred meals with their gods. In fact, they followed numerous rules and regulations that circumscribed almost all aspects of life both inside and outside the home - anything and everything to keep the gods happy. Consequently, the religious practices of the ancient Mediterranean make a wonderful lens through which to develop a deeper understanding of their world. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

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The Pagan World

Outstanding in content and delivery. Highly recommend. No bias for or against any religion would like longer treatment of Zooriastrian religion and Cristian heresies. Suggest review of Buddhism Shinto and Confucianism. Where does paganism exist today. What about pagan religions of early Great Britain and the Gauls.

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Love the concept but.....

Admittedly I only got up to the Ancient Egyptian chapter.
I like the concept but the execution not so much.

This audiobook takes the form of lectures. Which I thought wouldn't be a problem to me. However, I found it a bit hard to follow (even with the PDF that's included).

I just feel that (for me, others can be different), that this form of "lecture" NEEDS visuals to keep the audience engaged.

Each part was very brief and I didn't exactly feel that much more knowledge was being bestowed on me than I could get reading a Wikipedia article and a history vid on youtube.

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