Scribal Terror discusses the fact that smiths were considered magicians. He begins with a prayer from St. Patrick:
I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.
National Geographic has the reconstruction of a Roman temple, circa 28 BC.
The Temple of Apollo was Augustus’ first temple project and may have played a role in the emperor’s effort to secure his power.
“The new reconstruction closes a substantial gap in our knowledge on the architectural history of the time and … opens up possibilities for reassessing many aspects of Augustan culture,” Zink said.