polytheist extractions

Eusebius of Caesarea, Historia Ecclesiastica 8.14.9

“Emperor Maximin ordered temples to be erected in every city throughout the empire and the sacred groves that had been destroyed through long lapse of time to be restored with all diligence; and he appointed priests in every locality and city, and over them as high priest of each province one of those engaged in statecraft, who was the most manifestly distinguished in every branch of the public service, with an escort and body-guard of soldiers. He appointed to important positions in the government only those who were pious and dear to the gods.” – Eusebius of Caesarea, Historia Ecclesiastica 8.14.9


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