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The Conflict of Religions in the Early Roman Empire

T. R. Glover

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. . .The beginning of worship of the gods is to believe gods are; then to attribute to them their own majesty, to attribute to them goodness, without which majesty is not, to know it is they who preside over the universe, who rule all things by their might, who are guardians of mankind; at times[82] thoughtful of individuals. They neither give nor have evil; but they chastise, they check, they assign penalties and sometimes punish in the form of blessing. Would you propitiate the gods? Be good! He has worshipped them enough who has imitated them."[83]


This is not merely a statement of Stoic dogma; it was a proclamation of freedom. Line after line of this fine passage directly counters what was asserted and believed throughout the world by the adherents of the Eastern religions. Hear Seneca once more.


"We understand Jove to be ruler and guardian of the whole, mind and breath of the Universe (animum. . . Read More

Community Reviews

T.R.Glover is an excellent writer and his history and classical literature knowledge is vast. His description of the early church is well represented against the backdrop of paganism. He manages to depict Christianity without the superfluous spiritisms that add an allure of magic to a religion, but