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Re: Sacrificing to standards
I was always under the impression that the belief was that legionnaries
sacrificed *before* their standards, not *to* their standards (the
standard being in the middle of the encampment), but that to any onlooker
this might be perceived as worship to the standard itself.
Secondly, is there not a passage in Josephus' BJ where Romans brought
standards into the Temple precinct? Was this not regarded as idolatry,
culminating in a riot?
Department of Theology
University of Durham