Talk:Adventures in the Ancient World (Hellas Supplement)

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Religion in the Roman empire consisted of three main categories: Local religion (what we usually associate with the ancient world, such as the pantheism of Greece), the worship of the emperor (all religions had to include the emperor as a deity, if they didn't, they were declared illegal; this was a problem for judaism, druidism, and christianity, as none of these religions had the slightest room for emperor worship), and mystery cults (such as the cults of Isis, Osiris/Serapis, Dionysus, or Cybele.) While the D&D supplement Deities and Demigods describes the pantheons of the ancient world (and Plato's Academy), it does not focus on the other two religious forms. It also misses out completely on the rise of Christianity, and even precludes the ancient religion of Judaism, which is monothiestic. Any campaign setting of the Greco-Roman world would have to include the conflict between the Roman state and the Christian religion, which eventually ended with the Roman state adopting Christianity as the state religion.

Other scenarios (historic and mythical) could be:

-The Pellopanesian war

-The voyage of the Argo

-The tragic tale of Orpheus revisited (has to make a VERY difficult "perform" in order to convince Hades to let his wife return from the land of the dead, and even then, he has to not look back.)

-The Illiad and/or Odyssey

-The Aeneid

-Quests involving figures such as Socrates, Lysander, Xenophon and the 10,000, or Simon bar Kokhba (or even Jesus for that matter.)

-Quests involving mythic items such as the Aegis shield, Hermes's winged boots, or Hades's helm of invisibility.

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