I am reading LTJ’s Among the Gentiles and right now learning more about Greco-Roman religion in the Roman Empire.
This quote is poignant
The realm of the gods did not simply mirror the world of humans. The membrane separating the human and the divine world was permeable, with traffic moving in both directions” (p. 36)
Doesn’t he have a way with words? So great. This is better:
Some thoughtful Gentiles tended to view the Olympians much as the British do the equally fractious and embarrassing royal family–helpful and even necessary as societal glue but not much use for actual governance (38)
Ha ha ha!