Episode 9: Emperor Worship and American Idolatry

 

What do ancient Rome and modern America have in common? What can we learn from early martyrs about how to view the empires of this world? Jake Raabe joins us to discuss.

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Sources

Primary
The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas
The Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp
The Acts of the Scillitan Martyrs

Secondary
"Jesus Freaks and Donald Trump" by Julia Marley
"How Roman Emperors Became Gods," by Arnaldo Momigliano (American Scholar 55 [1986]: 181-193)

Music

"Make America Great Again"
"A Moment" by Scott Gratton (cc by-nc 4.0)
"On the Clock" by Pictures of the Floating World (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US)
"The Caspian Sea" by Blue Dot Sessions (cc by-nc 4.0)
"You Pulse" by Little Glass Men (cc by 4.0)
"Exit Exit" by P C III (cc by 4.0)
"The Fourth" by Scott Gratton (cc by-nc 4.0)