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Censorship in Rome

" You can cage the singer but not the song." Harry Belafonte, in International Herald Tribune, 3 October 1988

How Were They Censored?

Only people of authority and certain members of the Senate were allowed to express opinions freely. Public indictment and punishment was supported by the citizens.

Emperors and Their Solution to Rebellion

Caligua was insane and demanded that an offending writer would be burned alive.

Nero deported critics and burned their books.


Rome would not have lasted four centuries without being tolerant of religions and cults it ruled

The only demand

Worship the imperial person or image

Jews and Christians were persecuted and martyred for religious beliefs and not worshiping false images