[LMB] [OT] Atlantic crossings, was Centrifugal gravity, was Re: Cordelia's College sport

Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Wed Jun 30 06:26:57 BST 2021


From: Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com>

I've had to explain to people that in classical antiquity, the line between
"man" and "god" wasn't as big and black as it is in Abrahamic monotheism.
Quite a few Greeks claimed divine ancestry (generally many generations
back) and there were cases in mythology and otherwise of men becoming gods,
or at least demigods.  Heracles, Romulus, and the successful pagan Roman
emperors come to mind in this context.

Gwynne: It's not much different to the way certain celebrities and sports figures are
treated now; they can break rules and laws that ordinary mortals can't, they are
worshipped by fanatical supporters, they are seen as somehow more, somehow above,
us peasants. We've just created different kinds of gods now.


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