A Brief History
On September 26, 46 BC, Roman Dictator Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to Venus Genetrix, a temple he promised the goddess while fighting the Battle of Pharsalus. Today, we ask you, “Who would you dedicate a temple to?” We graciously supply a few suggestions, although you may freely pick your own!
Colonel Harland Sanders, the Godfather of Fried Chicken
Eminem, The Rap God
Michael Phelps, the modern Olympian “water god”
Philo Farnsworth, inventor of of the first fully functional and complete all-electronic television system
Teressa Bellissimo, creator of Buffalo Wings
The Sun, because George Carlin said so
The Teamsters Union, “You gotta problem wit dat?”
Question for students (and subscribers): Who or What would you build a temple to? Please let us know in the comments section below this article.
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For more information, please see…
Johnson, Jack. Ambition without Boundaries: How Julius Caesar’s Thirst for Conquest Shaped the Ancient World, and Impacted the Modern One. CreateSpace, 2016.
Warrior, Valerie. Roman Religion: A Sourcebook. Focus, 2001.
The featured image in this article, a drawing of The Temple of Venus Genetrix, is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years or fewer. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1927.
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