Neil MacGregor

Living with the Gods

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With resilience being one of the watchwords of the 2020 festival, we hear from Neil MacGregor about how many of the gods worshipped through the ages have represented exactly that quality. Living with the Gods, written to accompany his much-acclaimed Radio 4 series, is not a history of religion, nor an argument in favour of faith, nor a defence of any one belief. Using artefacts to illustrate the topic, MacGregor talks about the nature of belief and its influence, and suggests that it is in deciding how we live with the gods that we decide how to live with each other.

A manifestation of a rich multimedia format that keeps on giving, devised by that superb writer and lecturer, Neil MacGregor” – The Arts Desk

About the author: Formerly Director of the National Gallery and then the British Museum, Scots-born Neil MacGregor studied modern languages and philosophy before he switched to law and was called to the Scottish bar. Changing direction he studied history of art when he was described by Anthony Blunt as “the most brilliant pupil he ever taught”. His Radio 4 series ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ was broadcast to much acclaim.


In conversation with Allan Little.


In association with the charity StageTEXT, this event will include live surtitles for people with hearing loss.

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Supported by The Castansa Trust.