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2nd Century Funerary Relief Of A Priest of The Magna Mater, Cybele

This relief, found in Lavinium (near Rome) and dated to the 2nd century, depicts a priest of the goddess, Cybele (also known as Kybele...

Confessing Secrets And Purifying With Water In The Ancient Mystery Religions

In many ways, the ancient mystery religion cults of the Greco-Roman deities served as a transition point between the detached, impersonal form of worship...

The Bloody-Armed Followers Of Bellona

Bellona was an ancient Roman war-goddess, often likened to the similar Greek war-goddess, Enyo. As a goddess of war, Bellona was always associated with...

The Odd Attempted Linkage Of Atlantis To The Ancient Greek Gods

Ah, origin stories. Every culture and religion has one, and sometimes they can be quite weird. In the mainstream traditional ancient Greek theology/philosophy, as...

The Priests of the Magna Mater (Great Mother), Cybele, Were Eunuchs

(Funerary relief of a priest of Magna Mater (gallus) from Lavinium. Rome, Capitoline Museums (mid-second century AD), via Creative Commons) It took balls to...

Mythology Madness: Magna Mater Cybele

(Roman Statue of Cybele c. 50 CE, photo by Marshall Astor, via Creative Commons)     Blood and Body Mutilation in the Great Mother’s Cult At the...

The Ancient Mystery Religion Cults of Rome – Part One

  (Ceremonies of the cult of Isis. Coloured engraving by Ron von Spalart, via Welcome Images and Creative Commons) What is a Mystery Religion? Information is scarce...

There Is An Ancient Roman Book About A Man Who Traveled The World After...

(Left:Apuleius, Center: Isis, Right:Donkey) If you want to impress your friends and family with your knowledge of ancient writers, while also having a great time...

Though the Constantinian Dynasty Ushered The Roman Empire Towards Christianity, The Last Emperor of...

(Julian the Apostate presiding at a conference of sectarians, c. 1875, painted by Edward Armitage (1817–1896), via Creative Commons)   The Constantinian Dynasty officially began...

The Sibylline Books Are One Of The Most Important Topics of Roman History, But...

(Woodcut of Sibyl Almathea from a German translation by Heinrich Steinhöwel of Giovanni Boccaccio, c. 1474,via Creative Commons 2.0 (CC 2.0)   Thankfully for us, ancient...