[LMB] Rome and Babylon was re: Bringing it back to LMB [Was:OT: verging on

phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu
Mon Sep 12 19:44:38 BST 2011

On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 07:36:27PM +0100, Elin B wrote:

> Well... all of those things you cite come from deeply religious
> traditions, too. Babylon and ancient Rome were not primarily inhabited
> by atheists: indeed, I suspect atheists were quite rare within those
> populations, and that Rome had many more devoutly religious people
> than modern Sweden does. I'm not a Classicist, but superficial reading
> has given me the impression that Romans believed that in order to be a
> person of good ethical standing - a virtuous man or woman - you should
> give the gods their due and worship them faithfully. 

Of course, hard to judge the number of atheists when being known to be
one is a crime.

-xx- Damien X-) 

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