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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-11-04 08:46 AM
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2. They didn't.....
Any educated Roman or Greek was in all probability

a.) an adherent of one of the many philosphies -- Stocism, Epicureanism, etc. -- that had a rather nuanced view of the gods -- they were useful tools of social control, they were literary expressions of forces of nature, etc.

b.) an adherent of one of the mystery religions -- Isis-worship, Mithraism, the cult of the Sun, etc.

The Greek and Roman Gods of mythology were never de-bunked as such.

Every so often, in late antiquity, you'd get pissing matches over the statue of Victory in the Senate, for example -- for which see here, for Gibbon's version.
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