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By William Gaddis

ISBN-10: 1439125473

ISBN-13: 9781439125472

A blinding fourth novel through the writer of The Recognitions, Carpenter’s Gothic, and JR makes use of his huge powers of statement and satirical sensibilities to tackle the yank felony approach.

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A full-time professional priesthood existed in Egypt. It was an hereditary body, and itsrecruitment was regulated by an official of the Roman government, who scrutinised the pedigree and physical fitness of entrants, and examined them in their knowledge of hieroglyphics. He also inspected the temples to ensure that the cult was properly conducted and that the priests devoted the whole of their time to their sacred duties and observed the rules of their order as to shaving their heads and wearing linen garments.

In Syria and in Punic North Africa the villagers and townspeople worshipped a multitude of local Baals and Ashtoreths with fertility rites which shocked Christian ideas of sexual morality. The ritual prostitution at Heliopolis, and more CONSTANTINE Apheca, whose river ran red each year with the blood of the slaughtered Adonis, was later to justify Constantine in closing these two great temples. Farther north lay Emesa, where men particularly at God had sent Doliche, the centre of another meteoric cult, which the legions had carried westwards to the Balkans.

They even made difficulties cults. it Its about dining out, since most of the meat in the shops had been sacrificed to idols. They avoided joining the army, either because they might, in the course of their military duties, have to attend pagan worship, or because as soldiers of the Lord they could not give their allegiance to a power which they sometimes equated with the Prince of Darkness. For similar reasons their richer members fused to hold and subscribe office in the cities or sit re- on the council to the needs of the town.

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