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Romans and divine right

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? ;-)



Apr. 15th, 2004 12:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks!
try www.perseus.tufts.edu which is the internet database we use in Classics. :)
Oh, very good stuff!
Thank you.

isnt it?
Ah, all my possessions for a moment of time...

I had the English in front of me, in a prose translation. It won't match the Lain line numbers, but it'll approximate it. I only WISH I had eidetic memory; my retention rate is something like 80% for most things.
Hrm, same here.
My memory is pseudo-eidetic: it only works spot-on for SF television quotes. :-P (Not even that, of late; I used to have perfect retention on ST:TNG and BTVS, and now don't even recognize most Firefly quotes put in front of me. It's very sad.)

As Dorothy Sayers had Lord Peter Wimsey say:
"I have the most ill-regulated memory.
It does those things which it ought not to do and leaves undone the things it ought to have done.
But it has not yet gone on strike altogether."
(That, I got mostly from memory, but as is often the case now, I had to look it up and make a correction. So annoying.)

borgseawolf: 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: 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
Sounds (and looks) great.


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