Superstition and… DOGma

Plutarch, Roman Questions 3:

“Why, since there are several shrines of Artemis in Rome, do men avoid only that one in the ‘Patrician’ Quarter?

Perhaps this is because of the story circulated about it? For they say that a woman was in the middle of reverencing the goddess there when she was violated by a man. He was then torn apart by dogs, and a superstitious fear having arisen from this event, men do not go there.”

‘Διὰ τί, πολλῶν ὄντων ἐν ῾Ρώμῃ ναῶν ᾿Αρτέμιδος, εἰς μόνον τὸν ἐν τῷ καλουμένῳ Πατρικίῳ στενωπῷ  ἄνδρες οὐκ εἰσίασιν;’

ἦ διὰ τὸν λεγόμενον μῦθον; γυναῖκα γὰρ αὐτόθι τὴν θεὸν σεβομένην βιαζόμενός τις ὑπὸ τῶν κυνῶν διεσπάσθη, καὶ ἀπὸ τούτου δεισιδαιμονίας γενομένης ἄνδρες οὐκ εἰσίασι.

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