An old and powerful secret society of Italy whose members
worshiped and idealized nature. It seems to have been founded
by members of the ancient Italian priesthood. It had a tradition
that one of the popes became a member of the fraternity, and
there appears to be some documentary evidence for this claim.
The society accepted the allegorical interpretation that the
Neoplatonists placed upon the pagan creeds during the first
ages of Christianity.