Gods of Rome and Politics

Gods of Rome and Politics

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The Gods of Rome and Politics were entwined from the very beginning. The historian Polibius noted how Religion was a specially cohesive element for Roman culture. By various means it was also a way to sanction the personal authority of many Roman leaders: Romulus was son of a Vestal Virgin and the god Mars; his successor King Numa had a private entente with the goddess-nymph Egeria. Julius Caesar was deified after his assassination, Augustus proclaimed himself Pontifex Maximus, Nero a living divinity. The list goes on… What were the forces at work during more than 1500 years of Roman civilisation?

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