Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Decline and Fall of Zeus?

"The policy of the emperors and the senate, as far as it concerned religion, was happily seconded by the reflections of the enlightened, and by the habits of the superstitious, part of their subjects. The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrates, as equally useful."
- p.25, Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.


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