As a student of history I am many times taken by the thoughts and actions of historical people. Nowhere is this more so than men desiring themselves to be bestowed with the attribute of divinity, and even more-so still, with those willing to bestow it. Being of the thought that man never changes in his basic being, I surmise that if something has ever happened before, it can happen again. Evan Thomas has proved my thinking correct. So here it is, this "progressive" has given me some modern insight into historical events that have been, for this modern mind anyway, hitherto baffling.
"Because August established peace externally and internally and because
he kept the outward forms of constitutionality, Romans of every class
were ready to allow him total power in order to restore and assure the
functioning of the political system, business, and the affairs of daily
life. After 12B.C. he became the heard of the state religion, taking
the title Pontifex Maximus and urging everyone to worship the "Spirit of Rome and the genius of the emperor." Later this became obligatory for all the people of the the Empire, and later still, the emperors ruled as gods."
Hear his words, if you havn't already, on this 37 second clip: