Mysteries Revisited

It may be argued that the mysteries in Rome were the result of Alexander the Great conquering kingdoms occupying the Mediterranean and Persia, for during his campaigns territories were “Hellenized.” This term refers to the impact of Greek language, literature, and culture on non-Grecian people. In many ways he attempted …

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Imperial Cult (2)

Believers were accused of criminal activity under Nero, for the emperor blamed them for igniting the Great Fire of 64, and this resulted in the first attempt to condemn them for the purpose of diverting public sentiment. While not officially proclaimed, Christianity was labeled an enemy of the state. The …

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Imperial Cult (1)

Roughly forty festivals were celebrated annually in Rome, and they were separated into sacred and secular days. Temples and shrines within the capital and throughout the empire commemorated significant political events and victories due to the intervention of gods or goddesses. However, government, politics, and religion were primarily in the …

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Greco-Roman Mystery Cults

The term mystery, when used in the context of concealed customs or doctrines, generally referred to a religious tradition that involved ancient rites to which the populace did not gain access. Each cult required some form of initiation, one usually shrouded in secrecy and requiring specific rituals. Their impact was …

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