By Franz Valery Marie Cumont
1922. Lectures added at Yale collage at the Silliman beginning. the writer was once invited to lecture at New Haven through the month of March 1921 on a subject matter with regards to spiritual background. He selected the information present in Roman paganism about the lot of the soul after demise. Lectures integrated are: old advent; after existence within the tomb; the nether international; celestial immortality; successful of immortality; premature loss of life; trip to the past; sufferings of hell and metempsychosis; felicity of the blessed.
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Epicurus himself stipulated in his will that the day of his birth should be commemorated every month, 57 and under the Roman Empire his disciples were still piously celebrating this recurring feast. Thus this deep instinct of preservation, which impels human beings to desire survival, showed itself even in him who contributed most of all to destroy faith in immortality. It is always with difficulty that men resign themselves to dying wholly. Even when reason admits, nay when it desires, annihilation, the subconscious self protests against it; our per is impelled by its very essence to crave the persistence of Besides, the feelings of survivors rebel against the pain of an unending separation, the definite loss of all affections.
If he could tear himself from the domination of his body, he became capable of communicating with the visible gods who were almost within his reach and whom he might hope to equal after his passage here below. He knew himself to be united to them by an identity of nature which alone explained how he understood them. 1 Quis caelum possit, nisi caeli munere, nosse Et reperire deum, nisi qui pars ipse Dei est ? " words of the Roman poet who echoes Posidonius teaching. if It is easy to at a time understand that such ideas were readily adopted when human minds, tired of inconclusive disputes, despaired of ever reaching truth by their own strength.
Epigraphica, 191. AFTER LIFE 10 IN ROMAN PAGANISM 19 So man goes back to nothingness whence he went forth. It has been remarked that this epigraphic formula not; I do not care/ was engraved especially on the tombs of slaves, who had slight reason for attachment to life. Gladiators also adopted the sen tence these wretched men, who were to prove their indifference to death in the arena, were taught that it marked the destruction : and the term of their suffering. The same thought is sometimes expressed less brutally, almost touchingly.
After Life in Roman Paganism by Franz Valery Marie Cumont