5. Both Caesar and Augustus granted Jews in the Roman Empire the legal right to practice their religion exclusively. Jews were not required to make offerings to a Roman god. |
In the first century a new cult came from the East and tried to adopt the Jewish practice of not worshipping Roman gods but they were punished for breaking the law. Can you name this Eastern cult?
A. Cult of Cybele
B. Cult of Christos
C. Cult of Isis
D. Cult of Mithras
Answer B. The followers of Christos, or the Christ, came to Rome in the second half of the first century. Like Jews, the Christians' faith permitted them to worship only one god. However, unlike Jews, Christians had not received the legal right from the Emperor or Senate to refuse to worship the Roman gods.