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Human Sacrifice on Mons Capitolinus?

Discussion in 'Religion' started by Greatshield17, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. Greatshield17

    Greatshield17 Catholic Nerd V.I.P Member

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    Hope this isn't to much for Autism Forums, but I heard this past weekend that the ritual execution of enemy kings (perhaps the most famous being Vercingetorix) by the Romans on Mons Capitolinus, was actually a form of human sacrifice to Jupiter Optimus Maximus, whose temple was on Mons Capitolinus; is there any truth to this claim?
     
  2. tree

    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    Why not expand upon your knowledge of the subject
    by researching it yourself?

    It doesn't seem likely that even the most elder forum members
    were living at the time when human sacrifices to Jupiter were
    taking place, so first hand narratives will be limited to historical
    accounts.
     
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  3. Greatshield17

    Greatshield17 Catholic Nerd V.I.P Member

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    The reason, I ask, is that I do know that the Romans in general did not approve of human sacrifices, however it's not unreasonable to suspect that they may have made exceptions to this rule; in the Aeneid, there is one account of the gods helping themselves to a sacrifice of one of the characters, it could be the case that a conquered king could be a special occasion as well.

    I guess I will have to look it up when I have time, right now I'm busy looking up a lot of other things.
     
  4. The Pandector

    The Pandector Active Member

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    One thing I've found, tree, is that a serious student can save a lot of research time by asking likeminded people if they can point to a solution. Kind of like not reinventing the wheel. And this is absolutely a legitimate research method. More power to you, Greatshield17!
     
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