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Old 03-02-2013, 11:33 PM   #121
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Lightbulb D ii C onsentes

The Dii Consentes, also as Di or Dei Consentes (once Dii Complices), was a list of 12 major deities, 6 gods and 6 goddesses, in the pantheon of Ancient Rome. Their gilt statues stood in the Forum, later apparently in the Porticus Deorum Consentium..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ-8ESCFyXQ

The gods were listed by the poet Ennius in the late 3rd century BC in a paraphrase of an unknown Greek poet...

Juno, Vesta, Minerva, Ceres, Diana, Venus,Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Neptune, Vulcan, Apollo..

Livy arranges them in 6 couples, Jupiter-Juno, Neptune-Minerva, Mars-Venus, Apollo-Diana,Vulcan-Vesta and Mercury-Ceres. Three of the Dii Consentes formed the Capitoline Triad: Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva...

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The priesthoods of public religion were held by members of the elite classes. There was no principle analogous to "separation of church and state" in ancient Rome. During the Roman Republic (509 BC–27 BC), the same men who were elected public officials might also serve as augurs and pontiffs. Priests married, raised families, and led politically active lives. Julius Caesar became Pontifex Maximus before he was elected consul. The augurs read the will of the gods and supervised the marking of boundaries as a reflection of universal order, thus sanctioning Roman expansionism as a matter of divine destiny...
http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...6&postcount=47
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