My Friends, the Witches | John C. Wright’s Journal

The Empire was willing to tolerate cults, and made a great show of believing aliens gods were their Roman gods under different names (as when Odin is called the Mercury of the Germans), provided those new gods were of the same character and caliber as the old gods, and affirmed the social order.

When they were not, as when the worship of Cybele, or Isis, or Yahweh was introduced in Rome, they newcomers were prosecuted, their temples and fanes torched, their votaries scourged  or crucified. Examples from history are extensive and easy to find, even in Mr Gibbons’ day.

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