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  • Published: 3 December 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141986258
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 624
  • RRP: $24.99

Living with the Gods

On Beliefs and Peoples




The panoramic exploration of how belief shapes us, from the celebrated author of A History of the World in 100 Objects.

No society on Earth lacks beliefs about where it has come from, its place in the world, and the connection of individuals to the eternal. Until recently, it was widely assumed that religion was on the wane almost everywhere: now, far from becoming marginalised, the relationship between faith and society has moved to the centre of politics and global conversation. Neil MacGregor's new book traces how different societies have understood and articulated their place in the cosmic scheme. He examines mankind's beliefs not from the perspective of institutional religions, but by focusing on the shared narratives that have shaped societies - and on what happens when different narratives run up against each other. MacGregor brilliantly turns his kaleidoscope of objects, places and ideas to set these pressing contemporary concerns in the long perspectives of time and place.

  • Pub date: 3 December 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141986258
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 624
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Neil MacGregor

Neil MacGregor has been Director of the British Museum since 2002. Before that he was Director of the National Gallery from 1987 to 2002. He was 'Briton of the Year' in 2008.

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