BaruchYes, almost all of us are Romans now ;-(Sun May 13, 2012 18:1068.89.250.54Supposedly, 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 embarrassing for Caligula to keep announcing the death of Tiberius, only for Tiberius to keep showing up not dead yet. Medical death certificates hadn't yet been invented.
People underestimate the extent of the Emperor cult (borrowed from Egypt), and how this was adaptable to a polytheist environment but not to a monotheist environment, particularly to one that opposed most Egyptian culture.
- Indeed. Frashavan, Sun May 13 17:39Caligula 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... more
- Yes, almost all of us are Romans now ;-( Baruch, Sun May 13 18:10
- 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?