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originally posted by: SLAYER69
Now if there were ever a Cult that would have been interesting to see or investigate that's the one I'd check out*
*Not join, just check out...
originally posted by: Flavian
As to the topic, i have actually just finished reading a book (pure fiction) about Pythagoras and his cult although there is some historical content (from the little we know). In very crude terms, they basically liked to get off their heads and shoot the fat about life, the universe and everything. In that respect, they were basically a group of hippy professors / lecturers.
Mystery basilica under Porta Maggiore opens to the public
In April of 1917, construction of the Rome-Cassino railroad line just outside the gates of the Porta Maggiore on the Via Praenestina in Rome was halted by a cave-in. The cause turned out to be the collapse of an ancient roof of a building nobody knew was under their feet. As it happens, most ancient Romans probably had no idea it was under their feet either. It was deliberately built about seven or eight meters (23-26 feet) below the level of the ancient Via Praenestina in the early decades of the 1st century A.D. and constructed in such a way as to give little indication that something was going on down there.
The Porta Maggiore carried the canals of the aqueducts known as Aqua Claudia and Anio Novus (which were built between 38 and 52 CE). Where they crossed the Via Labicana and Via Praenestina, the arches of the aquaducts were included in a monumental gate of travertine, close to the Tomb of Eurysaces. At this monumental gate, the ancient roads left Rome.
Ancient-Warfare.com, the online home of Ancient Warfare magazine
originally posted by: MoreInterior
It seems no one wants to actually read the article, so to summarize: The problem with this particular cult was that they claimed the emperor was just human and not divine. That's why even though cults were accepted at the time, this one had to meet secretly underground. It was 40 ft below back then, not just now that it's buried. The emperor's mother got wind of it and accused them of black magic, for which they were persecuted. Hence, the title of the article has "black magic" in quotes - as in "so-called 'black magic,'" or "alleged 'black magic.'"