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

By Gwynaeth McIntyre

Roman politics and faith have been inherently associated because the Romans tried to give an explanation for the area and their position inside it. As Roman territory improved and tool turned consolidated into the fingers of 1 guy, humans through the empire sought to outline their courting with the emperor by way of granting honors to him. This number of practices has been categorized “emperor worship” or “ruler cult,” yet this tells basically part the tale: imperial kin additionally grew to become a big a part of this building of strength and nearly 1/2 the members deified in Rome have been other halves, sisters, young ones, and different relations of the emperor.

In A relations of Gods, Gwynaeth McIntyre expands present “ruler cult” discussions by means of together with different deified contributors, and by means of how groups within the interval forty four BCE to 337 CE sought to attach themselves with the imperial strength constitution via developing priesthoods and cult practices. This paintings makes a speciality of the clergymen devoted to the worship of the imperial family members as a way 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. detailed emphasis is given to the provinces in Gaul, Spain, and North Africa.

This booklet attracts on epigraphic proof yet contains literary, numismatic, and archaeological facts the place appropriate. 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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