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The deceased emperors were not proclaimed gods (divus), they were proclaimed god-like (divinus). The temples erected after their deaths or during their lifes were dedicated to the emperor's genius (something like guardian angel). It was believed that all people had such geniuses that protected them. If somebody refused to venerate the emperor's genius, he ...


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...military standards with pagan imagery on them... That kind of imagery is violating the Jewish / Christian first commandment, something that their god did not look kindly upon (you might remember that episode with the golden calf). ...would the Jews and Christians also view them as rival Gods? I do not think it has much to do with "rivalry". For ...


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Partly Responsible? No more "responsible" than dozens of other social, cultural, economic and political factors While Forsythe's assertion as written is piece of artistic license, there was an association of pre-Christian symbolism, as reflected in such cultural icons as Richard Wagner's operas featuring pre-Christian German legends such as ...


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Is this literally true — that paganism/animism, residual from before the spread of Christianity, was partially responsible for the German populace's receptivity to Hitler — or is it a bit of invention? No, there was or is no real residual paganism, if by residual you mean that there's some unbroken continuity between pre-christian belief systems and ...



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