6.21.2009

The Romans and Human Sacrifice




Human sacrifice was, according to Pliny the Elder, (again) banned during the consulship of Publius Licinius Crassus Dives in 97 BC. Most text books will suggest that this was an old Etruscan custom that had long fallen out of favor, and that human sacrifices were no longer practised - there might be echoes of them in gladiatorial fights or the killing of enemy generals in the name of Mars, but the Republican Romans were 'civilised' ...




Both Publius Decius Mus (Consul 340 BC)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publius_Decius_Mus_%28340_BC%29




and his son http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Publius_Decius_Mus_(312_BC) - "Other instances where the Romans clearly employed human sacrifice is in the devotio of Roman generals, sacrificing themselves to the Manes"

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