But such follies of a brilliant scholar are more than matched by the immense learning he brings to the task. Here is a teacher who will for years continue to master many of us students of religion.
Cumont gives a variety of learned citations to ancient authors, monuments, and inscriptions from a spectrum of traditions and geographical regions. One could learn a great deal, chasing down the sources cited by Cumont. The variety itself cannot be sustained.
Cumont uses a safely vague and so totally implausible tissue of statements implying causal and actual connection between his scores of points of evidence. He cites so many modes of piety, varieties of belief, common practices, popular expressions, poetic and dramatic utterances, epitaphs, myths and prayers that he apparently has no time left for offering a plausible case that the words things and images he discusses all properly relate to one another, or a common subject, historically. Page Count: ISBN: Writing in , a few years after World War I, the author begins this series of eight lectures with the following words: "The idea of death has perhaps never been more present to humanity than during the years through which we have just passed.
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It has been the daily companion of millions of men engaged in a murderous conflict; it has haunted the even larger number who have trembled for the lives of their nearest and dearest; it is still constantly in the thoughts of the many who nurse regret for those they loved. And doubtless to say, the faith or the hope has never more imposed itself, even on the unbelieving, that these countless multitudes, filled with moral force and generous passion who have entered eternity, have not wholly perished, that the ardour which animated them was not extinguished when their limbs grew cold, that the spirit which impelled them to self-sacrifice was not dissipated with the atoms which formed their bodies.
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NOVA ROMA Religio Romana Declaratio Religionis Romanae
Lectures delivered at Yale University on the Silliman Foundation. The author was invited to lecture at New Haven during the month of March on a subject relating to religious history. He chose the ideas current in Roman paganism concerning the lot of the soul after death.
Lectures included are: historical introduction after life in the tomb the nether world celestial immortality winning of immortality untimely death journey to the beyond sufferings of hell and metempsychosis felicity
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