Friday, 29 April 2016
the temple of Taranis;
basilica for Imperial officials when present;
the temple of Mars, now a church.
The Council of Suffetes meets in a chamber in the basilica. At the centre of the Forum is a triple-basined fountain with mosaics of dolphins and sea horses. At festivals, oil is pumped through and set alight. The Mars temple faced south so the Christians have made a new entrance in the western side. Why? From the Andersons' notes, it seems that Christianity then functioned more like a mystery religion:
clergy lower than bishops could not baptise or consecrate bread and wine;
baptism was done only once or twice a year;
children were not usually baptised;
believers not yet baptised could enter a church only as far as the vestibule;
they were dismissed before Communion began.
The single priest has a supply of consecrated bread and few believers, most not yet baptised.
Gratillonius is the new Roman prefect but has also become the King so he resides in the palace or the King's House, not in the basilica or a house near it.