On his arrival in Armenia he found that his patrons were both dead.
The state itself had its own Lares, called praestites, the protecting patrons and guardians of the city.
The earlier Persian kings acknowledged the various religions of the petty peoples; they were also patrons of their temples and would take care to preserve an ancient right of asylum or the privileges of long-established cults.'
Worship is simpler at the smaller shrines than at the more famous temples; and, as the rulers are the patrons of the religion and are brought into contact with the religious personnel, the character of the social organization leaves its mark upon those who hold religious and judicial functions alike.
The prophet and his princely patrons will be accorded special honour.