Bankes's description of the prime picture as the Foundation of Rome prompts an identification of the protagonist as the quasi-divine king of Rome, Numa Pompilius
, who succeeded Romulus on his death, and who purportedly established a pre-Augustan Golden Age.
In others, such as the odd couple of Lillian Gish and Paul Cadmus as the nymph Egeria and the Roman king Numa Pompilius
, the obscurity of the reference adds to the mystery of the image, leaving the viewer to come up with his own interpretation.
90) This contrast, to take just one example, structures Plutarch's paired lives of the Spartan Lycurgus and the Roman Numa Pompilius
, the latter of which, significantly, narrates the same model of the civilizing process that structures the Irish tracts.
Despite the lacunae which render parts of the note very difficult, the fundamental points can be understood: Vergil here is referring to the Regia, the building in the Roman Forum, at the bottom of the Palatine, where Numa Pompilius
, the second king of Rome lived until he bequeathed it to the Pontifex Maximus.
Those months were invented later by the legendary Numa Pompilius
, said to have been the second king of Rome and successor to its founder, Romulus.
In chapters 5 and 6 he considers how works by Herbert of Cherbury, Charles Blount, John Toland, and John Trenchard use history to show the corruptions of religion by priestcraft, and how |Republican' notions of civil religion found, for instance, in the works of James Harrington, Waker Moyle, and Henry Neville sought support for their politick religion' in references to Cicero and Numa Pompilius
as well as to Machiavelli.
He wrote that the Roman king Numa Pompilius
strove "to inculcate fear of the gods as the most powerful influence that could act upon .
123) In A Treatise Concerning Enthusiasme (1655), Meric Casaubon ranked Descartes's philosophy with the "Mysticall Theology" of Numa Pompilius
and Minos, who "to make their law received as oracles, did their best to perswade, that they did not come by them as other men did theirs, but that they were the fruits of Caves and darknesse.
But we know from the writings of other humanists who dealt with this same theme that ancient rulers such as Moses, Aaron, and the Roman king Numa Pompilius
often were cited in this context.