A Family of Gods: The Worship of the Imperial Family in the by Gwynaeth McIntyre

By Gwynaeth McIntyre

Roman politics and faith have been inherently associated because the Romans tried to give an explanation for the realm and their position inside it. As Roman territory extended and gear grew to become consolidated into the arms of 1 guy, humans in the course of the empire sought to outline their courting with the emperor through granting honors to him. This number of practices has been categorised “emperor worship” or “ruler cult,” yet this tells simply part the tale: imperial kinfolk additionally grew to become an incredible a part of this development of strength and nearly 1/2 the participants deified in Rome have been other halves, sisters, teenagers, and different family of the emperor.

In A family members of Gods, Gwynaeth McIntyre expands present “ruler cult” discussions via together with different deified participants, and by way of how groups within the interval forty four BCE to 337 CE sought to attach themselves with the imperial energy constitution via constructing priesthoods and cult practices. This paintings makes a speciality of the monks devoted to the worship of the imperial kin in an effort to contextualize their function in how imperial strength was once perceived within the provincial groups and the ways that groups selected to hire non secular practices. exact emphasis is given to the provinces in Gaul, Spain, and North Africa.

This e-book attracts on epigraphic proof yet comprises literary, numismatic, and archaeological facts the place acceptable. it will likely be of curiosity to students of Roman imperial cult in addition to Roman imperialism, and non secular and political history. 


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