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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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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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