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Clifford Ando

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780748615650

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615650.001.0001

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Introduction to Part II: Ritual and Myth

Introduction to Part II: Ritual and Myth

(p.101) Introduction to Part II: Ritual and Myth
Roman Religion

Clifford Ando


Romulus took great care to encourage [the development of these virtues], beginning with the worship of the gods and genii. He established temples, precincts, altars; saw to the dedication of cult statues; and determined the forms, symbols, powers and benefactions of the gods… In all these things he followed the best of the customs of the Greeks. But the traditional myths concerning the gods, those that contained blasphemies or indictments against them, he regarded as shameful and useless and indecent, unworthy not only of gods but of good humans, too. He therefore rejected them and accustomed people to say and think the best concerning the gods and to attribute to them nothing unworthy of their blessed nature....

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