"Sed fortuna, quae plurimum potest cum in reliquis rebus tum praecipue in bello, parvis momentis magnas rerum commutationes efficit; ut tum accidit."

C. Iulius Caesar - Commentarii de Bello Civili Bk III.68

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Women and the Religio - a thesis

This conclusion of this thesis, which provides a concise synopis of the role of women in the Religio and cults, is that women had clearly defined and limited roles, which did not extend to being pontifices. Additionally women were not allowed to perform blood sacrifices, which of course would have meant that they were excluded from the majority of rites.

The conclusion that any sensible and unbiased person would reach after reading this modest work, is that if the Religio is to be accurately reconstructed, then women cannot be pontifices. Of course common sense has very little to do with the modernistic position on this issue, or indeed any other that we have wrestled with in Nova Roma.