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Cicero on Romulus being deified after his death: “This was the more astonishing in the case of Romulus, in that the other men who are supposed to have attained apotheosis lived in less educated periods of history, when the mind was prone to fabricate myths, and simple people were easily induced to believe them; whereas we know that the age of Romulus existed less than six hundred years ago, at a time when writing and learning had long been familiar, and when all those primitive superstitions that belong to an ignorant society had been swept away.”
Within a century of Cicero’s own death, Julius, Augustus, Drusilla and Jesus will be deified on their respective deaths. ...