FrashavanIndeed.Sun May 13, 2012 17:3918.104.22.168Caligula is supposed by some to have refrained from assassinating Tiberius for so long because he feared it would be seen as impious. Of course, it was under Tiberius that prosecutions for sacrilege (usually, doing something taboo in the presence of the image of Augustus) began...
The Romans excelled in the outer forms of religious observance but, at heart, preferred superstition to reverence (directed toward the gods/ancestors)or ethics (directed towards one's fellow humans)... then again, that is true of most of us, too.
- And how did that definition change? Baruch, Sun May 13 16:54the Emperor, starting with Constantine, being the ultra-paer-familias ... is the ultimate object of that respect, and like the Pope of today (but not the Bishop of Rome then) ... was the Vicar of... more
- Indeed. Frashavan, Sun May 13 17:39
- Yes, almost all of us are Romans now ;-( Baruch, Sun May 13 18:10Supposedly, like the death of Stalin, the death of TIberius, was a convenient opportunity. Tiberius had been sick to death, but kept on reviving, but a pillow solved all that ... it was so... more
- Monotheism is fraught with contradictions Frashavan, Mon May 14 07:59Christianity moreso than other forms of monethism. One thing I am sure of -- and this is not the Latin teacher speaking -- Rome will outlive us all. It is the prototype to which all later Western... more
- I quite think the Chin-alikes ... Baruch, Mon May 14 09:52will give the Rome-alikes a run for their money, literally ;-) The triple headed religion of China was only manageable, because like Rome in both its pagan and Christian forms, religion was... more
- Private religion is a curious thing Frashavan, Mon May 14 20:36Since religion is, by its nature, a social activity, can any religions actually be private? Or are the totalitarians correct and all attempts at being private are, necessarily, subversive?