Thursday, July 16, 2015

Diana's cult - harsh prerequisites to be the priest

Diana is the Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon, and childbirth. She is also considered the patroness of lower-class citizens and slaves.

Being a priest of Diana at Nemi had some harsh prerequisites. You needed to be a runaway slave and you needed to defeat the current priest in a trial by combat.

Once you got the post, you could look forward to a life of defending yourself from other would-be priests until you were eventually killed.

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