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Wed, Jun. 06 2012 04:45 PM EDT

The Religion of Heroism

By Jeremy Egrerer
One of the greatest legends of Roman civilization concerns a general named Marcus Regulus. This man, having gone to war against a barbaric enemy, Carthage, and having been captured with little to no hope of escape, was given the prospect of liberty. His captors offered him a bargain few men could refuse -- a chance to return to the safety and comfort of a thankful Rome -- in exchange for a simple favor: the negotiation of an exchange of prisoners. If successful, Carthage offered him return to Rome; if met with failure, under oath before his gods, Regulus swore to return to his captors (A link to this page will be included in your message. )

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