By W Warde 1847-1921 Fowler
KOMAN rules OF DEITY EOMAN principles OF DEITY within the final CENTUEY BEFOEE THE CHEISTIAN EEA LECTUEES DELIVEEED IN OXFOED FOE the typical TJNIVEKSITY PUND through W. WAEDE FOWLER, M. A. HON. LL. D. EDINBXJEGH, HON. D. LITT. MANCHESTER writer OF ROMAN fairs OF THE . REPUBLIC, SOCIAL existence IN ROME within the AGE OF CICERO non secular event OF THE ROMAN humans and so forth. MACMILLAN AND CO., restricted ST. MAETINS STEEET, LONDON 1914 CONTENTS LECTUEE I cartoon OF THE COUBSE household DEITIES web page . Roman and Italian faith of final century B. O. frequently ignored via scholars of the brink of Christianity. Ciceros de Nat. Deorum, its price and shortcomings. Ciceros principles of the supernatural within the final years of his existence. His view of superstitio. Did he suggest, like Lucretius, to eliminate it The Italians hassle in realising divinity. 4 ways that he realised it in final century B. C. the 1st, family deity, topic of the remainder of this lecture. Vesta and Penates, survivals of animism, act as antidotes to unique polytheism. Genius, corresponding to the belief of numen, and as a way to divinity. used to be it mortal In Ciceros time a deus mortalis later amendment of this. Later advancements of Genius, and their which means in later classes. major thought, divine permanence of factor or establishment. Cult of the lifeless makes no genuine contribution to the belief of deity . 1 LECTUEE II JUPITEK AND THE TENDENCY TO MONOTHEISM Decay of the previous Italian numina additionally of the gods of Rome, anthro pomorphised below Greek impact. One exception, Jupiter . Optimus Maximus, deity of heaven, reliable religion, and oaths, and protector of the empire. Monotheistic heritage in ani mistic religions. Illustrations from China, Borneo, and so on. The Latin Jupiter of the fericte Latinae could characterize this again floor in Italy. facts within the Flamen Dialis, and the oath of the Fetiales. ethical energy of Jupiter most sensible visible in oaths, taken within the outdoor, the all-seeing Heaven-god being witness. strength of the oath at Rome. proposal of a superb Deity in final century B. C. proof of Lucretius, Cicero, Varro. the reason why Jupiter Capitolinus might be pointed out with the Stoic splendid Deity . ...... 29 vi ROMAN principles OF DEITY LECTURE III COSMIC principles OF DEITY SSai Sun-worship no longer common, and why. No exact hint of it in Italy in early instances. New curiosity within the sunlight in Ciceros time as a result of Posidonius, sunlight dux et princeps of the heavenly our bodies. lines of sun-worship within the Augustan Age. Prominence of Fortuna in final century B. O. what's intended through Fortuna used to be she a deity foundation of Fortuna as a deity of Latium, all in favour of fortune-telling yet now not with blind probability, which was once by no means con genial to the Roman brain. that means of Ti5 in Panaetius in Polybius, the place the be aware occasionally capability a typical means of evolution. Fortuna in Cicero is obviously likelihood, or the incalcul capable in human lif e this the results of the uncertainty of existence in that age. Fortuna in Lucretius turns out to intend Natura. For tuna in Caesar is just probability or twist of fate yet in Sallust, and so on. a capricious strength, unexplained. In Virgil Fortuna is in some extent an ethical strength. Fortuna at the border of deus land does she pass it less than the Empire . . . ,55 LECTURE IV the increase OF the assumption OF THE MAN-GOD Roman faith, human and social, as handled by means of Cicero and Varro, who glance on faith as a State-made establishment. whilst this faith breaks down, a alternative are available within the worship of rulers. Tendency during this course in final century B. C. the divine point in guy, illustrated from literature of this era. however the actual Roman faith typically discouraged this sort of tendency, no longer recognising demi-gods, descent from gods, or divinity of rulers. accordingly the warning wanted in introducing the Man-god, and the failure of Antonys makes an attempt. luck got here from Greece and East comic strip of upward push of the Man-god in Egypt and Greece...
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The same ideas held good. I may seem to have been wandering away from main theme in this lecture, but I have been the oath, trying to show that the civiHsing power of and with it the elevation of the conception of truth and good faith, is not due to any deity but the Heaven- my god as a god supreme, in whose presence you could not safely he or forswear yourself. As Westermarck says,2 the made it under all I will habit of oath-taking has in some cases truth prudential for men to speak the circumstances.
True, from gross and grotesque notions of ghosthood this people was saved, partly by the practice of burning the dead, to which, as archaeologists seem agree, they were always addicted, putting no material objects in the grave for the use of the dead to man ^ by the institution of the Parentalia> which suggests an entirely friendly feeling between the dead and their surviving kin. But if they thought : partly also the departed as spirits (di), as passed from a material existence to a spiritual one, I doubt if they of them as they addressed their numina, make their peace with them through ever addressed seeking to sacrifice and prayer, —the invariable processes of true worship.
May recall the fact that Cicero in the de 40) describes (ii. Man " as deus mortalis " ; We Finibus and we perhaps conclude that the thinking Romans of his age, though they may have differed as to his may immortahty, thought that there was a godlike element in mortal man, for which Genius was at once a convenient word and a sufficient testimony. But there was another sense, if I am not mistaken, w^hich in Genius might exactly immortahty, in The mark human continuity, hfe and if not institutions.