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Romans and divine right

Yoo-hoo!
celandineb, darana, thanatos_kalos, and all you historians and anthropologists (aspiring ones such as erebrandir and yodge included): I have another question for you.

Did Roman emperors, who paid lip service to their own deification, rule by acknowledged divine right?

Again, I'll have to tell you later, in a running edit, why I ask.
Here's the gist of it: My father and I were having a discussion yesterday about why certain cultures seem to have a more ingrained tolerance for totalitarian rule.1 I conjectured that a long period of feudalism and in particular the principle of the "Mandate of Heaven" tended to foster this culture, whereas cultures that received the yoke later tended to throw it off sooner. It was a case of the damnable old frog-in-a-pot syndrome, I claimed. My dad didn't quite buy it, though.

So, I'm trying to get some real historians' viewpoints to corroborate or refute my hypothesis.

1 Yes, that's typical after-dinner conversation here. Does this surprise you? ;-)

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Banazîr

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borgseawolf
Apr. 15th, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks!
try www.perseus.tufts.edu which is the internet database we use in Classics. :)

Yeah. I wrote an entire yearly paper using only that source and got an equivalent of A with merit for it :) Perseus rules.
thanatos_kalos
Apr. 15th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks!
Yeah. I wrote an entire yearly paper using only that source and got an equivalent of A with merit for it :) Perseus rules.

I use it continually for stuff-- primary sources, translations, encyclopedias, maps, occasionally site plans...though they do sometimes get translations wrong, I must admit. :P

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