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Gods and goddesses can and do sometimes act on a whim because they act mostly as humans do, they just happen to have more power and because of that, more ability to do good or to destroy. Only the True God is holy because He acts with purity of intention and does not act on a whim.
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The religious beliefs of both the Roman's and the Celtics were a crucial part of their societal makeup. It was interesting to see how both groups incorporated their gods in political settings. One thing I did find annoying throughout the book was Marcellus continual declarations of "Sweet Venus" or "Firey Hades." Had these comments been made sparingly, I would have liked the added dialogue, but it got to the point where he was saying such things far too often.
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I really didn't feel the presence of gods or goddesses in the book. The characters consult the gods, but they don't even do so truthfully.
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!