The Roman Empire 's Religious Authority Over European Religion

1335 Words Oct 20th, 2015 6 Pages
There are many rituals, traditions, and attitudes towards death, ghosts and the afterlife of the Ancient Roman Empire. Death, afterlife, and ghosts played an immense role in Roman society because Romans profoundly respected and revered the dead spirits of society. The Roman people believed knowledge and benevolent forces in life were outcomes of the deceased. The Roman Religion influenced much of today’s contemporary beliefs and religious ideals as well as shaping external religions that went beyond the Empire. Due to the Roman Empire’s religious authority over European religion, their values and traditions are preserved in the forms of stories to honor the afterlife and communicate heroic deeds. It is astonishing that an Empire’s values and traditions can be subtly changed but are still observed and adhered to thousands of years later. Throughout time, the idea that different people lived different afterlives’ was perceived to be true. Due to this fact, emperors had a more important afterlife ceremony than that of a peasant or the common person. Funerals for emperors was all publicly funded which in turn directly relates to death insurance, where in today’s society you are given fifteen-hundred dollars for burial expenses. The importance of death was pondered rigorously in Ancient Roman society. The political effect death had on the Roman community far exceeds that of contemporary politics. This is due simply because Roman religion and Roman politics were so closely…

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