Re: [XTalk] Re: from network to organization and organizations: part one "the ne
- Hi Robert,
On May 20, 2009, at 7:06 AM, RSBrenchley@... wrote:
> In a message dated 20/05/2009 02:18:58 GMT Standard Time,
> email@example.com writes:
> <<A favorite coin is one where Gordian III is on the obverse
> and he stands "at the right hand" of Jupiter on the reverse (the
> right hand holding the thunderbolt)right hand holding the thunder
> metaphysics aside, this was all Divine Power claiming language and
> In one way or another, of course, they make the same claims
> until the
> language changes with the Christianisation of the empire. As far
> as I know
> there's nothing out there detailing the exact ways in which the
> pagans made
> this sort of claim; it's subtle and changing, but it's always there.
Indeed they did! I think that Gordian antoninianus just gives such a
stunning depiction of it. People tend to forget that until democracy
really started to take hold, the whole "divine right of kings and the
occasional queen" was very serious business! Young Gordian (for
those who don't know, he was a teen emperor who only ruled briefly)
gets to stand by that "right hand," really close to Jupiter's
thunderbolt! That's some serious theology:)!
Thanks for highlighting this part of the discussion!