Some Inquiries Concerning Human Sacrifices Among the Romans

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S. S. Rider, 1878 - Всего страниц: 90
 

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Стр. 66 - Wherefore, having seen these things, and moreover also having been admitted to the mysteries, and having everywhere examined the religious rites performed by the effeminate and the pathic, and having found among the Romans their Latiarian Jupiter delighting in human gore and the blood of slaughtered men, and Artemis not far from the great city sanctioning acts of the same kind, and one demon here and another there instigating to the perpetration of evil — retiring by myself, I sought how I might...
Стр. 58 - Perusia capta in plurimos animadvertit, orare veniam vel excusare se conantibus una voce occurrens "moriendum esse.
Стр. 10 - Minutius, who, I believe, lived before Lactantius and Prudentius, and who was probably the authority on whom each of them relied, says : — " ' Quid ipse Jupiter vester ? — cum capitolinus, tune gerit fulmina, et cum Latiaris, cruore perfunditur ;' And in a subsequent passage, removing any doubt as to the sort of blood, he says expressly : — " ' Hodieque ab ipsis (Romanis) Latiaris Jupiter homicidio colitur, et quod Saturni filio dignum est, mali et noxii hominis sanguine...
Стр. 65 - ... those fabulous actions which they themselves openly perpetrate ; about which we are the less concerned, because none of these actions are really ours, and we have the unbegotten and ineffable God as witness both of our thoughts and deeds. For why did we not even publicly profess that these were the things which we esteemed good, and prove that these are the divine philosophy, saying that the mysteries of Saturn are performed when we slay a man, and that when we drink our fill of blood, as it...
Стр. 17 - In the cases of some offenses — punishable by death — there appears to have been, in the earlier times of Rome, a tendency to offer up the victim of the law as a sacrifice to some god ; at least to confound the notions of legal punishment with expiatory sacrifice. Mention is somewhere made of a person convicted of proditio — and punishable with death — being offered up as a sacrifice to Pluto. In Livy (lib. viii., cap. 1) is the following passage : — " ' Illud adjiciendum videtur licere...
Стр. 8 - Church," by Dr. Gieseler, Professor of Theology at Gottingen. The note, I said, alleges in substance that human sacrifices existed in the classic days of ancient Bome, and that, as Lactantius states, a man was still in his time immolated every year at the festival of Jupiter Latialis. Mr. Macaulay had not seen Dr. Gieseler's book, but declared himself convinced that there was no real foundation for this story. A day or two afterwards I sent him in a note the exact words of Lactantius, as given by...
Стр. 18 - Mr. Hallam, in a letter to me dated Wilton Crescent, January 18, 1848, mentions his recent visit to Drayton Manor, and goes on to say: — " The party consisted of Lord Aberdeen, and his youngest son, Goulburn, the Bishop of Oxford, Buckland, and Eastlake, with Lord and Lady Villiers. Sir Robert mentioned the sacrificial correspondence, but without giving any more decisive opinion than he had done. He showed me the passage in Dion Cassius...
Стр. 59 - Alterum, 5 qui se periturum ea de causa voverat, cunctantem pueris tradidit; verbenatum infulatumque votum reposcentes per vicos agerent, quoad praecipitaretur ex aggere. Multos honesti ordinis, deformatos prius stigmatum notis, ad metalla et munitiones viarum aut ad bestias condemnavit...
Стр. 33 - ... us here. When the gods of the community were angry and nobody could be laid hold of as definitely guilty, they might be appeased by one who voluntarily gave himself up (devovere se). Noxious chasms in the ground were closed, and battles half lost were converted into victories, when a brave burgess threw himself as an expiatory offering into the abyss or upon the foe.
Стр. 5 - I AM induced to print a few copies of the following correspondence, partly from the just value that must ever attach to any views indicated either by Lord Macaulay or Sir Robert Peel, and partly from the great interest of the subject itself. It may be noticed in these letters that Lord Macaulay discussed the question before him in a more general manner and with less consultation of authorities than did Sir Robert Peel. This, however, was owing solely to the difference of their positions at the time....

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