Thursday, 5 July 2018
Church And State
"Church and state,
"Greed and hate!"
Ancient Rome had both an Emperor and a chief priest, the Pontifex Maximus. The bishop of Rome became the Pontifex. Thus, Western Christendom had a Holy Roman Emperor and the Pope.
In Poul Anderson's The Dancer From Atlantis, CHAPTER TEN:
"'Atlantis is the seat of the Ariadne, who reigns over rites and votaries throughout the realm even as the Minos reigns over worldly affairs.'
"Ariadne? Not a name, as myth was to make it, but a title: 'Most Sacred One.'" (p. 83)
On Atlantis, there are:
bronze and gold arbors;
on the crest, a wide complex of white-painted stone buildings bearing a frieze depicting a procession of living beings between bright red pillars beneath the sign of the Labrys and two gilded horns.
Reid understands why the island will be remembered.