Talk:Rex Sacrorum

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Pope[edit]

Maybe a comparison with the office of Papacy would be useful, since Rex Sacrorum = Pontifex Maximus = Pope. 67.68.65.192 (talk) 14:27, 24 February 2009 (UTC)

Rex Sacrorum ≠ Pontifex Maximus = Pope.

That whole section is completely unsourced. It appears the editor desires to connect the Pope with some ancient pagan equivalent. Call me suspcious, but it might be a Seventh Day Adventist or Fundamentalist way of using the article for their agenda. Unless it is sourced it should be deleted. So if anyone can find evidence they should do so in the next few days or I will delete the section.97.114.178.44 (talk) 00:01, 28 December 2009 (UTC)

I intend to delete the section on the papacy for the following reasons: 1. It has no bearing on the article. 2. It is unsourced. 3. It contains blatant errors, for example the Rex Sacrorum was not the same as the Pontifex Maximus. 4. The deficiencies have not been addressed. 5. No one has responded to the invitation to discuss the section. So I will delete it.97.114.178.44 (talk) 18:31, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

some potential sources[edit]

Here are some potential sources for updating and annotating this article:

I don't get the "pope king" section; it has no sources. Is this simply a comparison someone's made (a scholarly source that can be cited), can the rex sacrorum actually be found as an acknowledged precedent in sources from the time, or is this an ad hoc comparison not based on anything? Cynwolfe (talk) 19:36, 19 September 2009 (UTC)

Controversy[edit]

First section says pontifex maximus was introduced to be higher than rex sacrorum, second section says rex sacrorum presided over pontifex maximus. First section says the office of rex sacrorum existed during kingdom epoch, second section says it was invented with the republic to replace king.--MathFacts (talk) 15:12, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

As is often the case, the ancient sources don't always agree with each other on all points, and therefore modern scholars differ in their interpretation of the evidence. These contradictions exist in the ancient sources, hence the difficulties posed by the topic. This is why I keep deleting the quotation from Livy, which gives undue weight to Livy's statement above others, and which can't be presented as if it's a transparent statement of fact. Above I posted a tiny number of modern discussions of the problems of understanding the rex sacrorum. It's WP:OR to read selectively from ancient sources oneself, and to draw one's own conclusions from that. Cynwolfe (talk) 13:20, 6 February 2011 (UTC)