Abstract

Recent analysis of the imperial cult has argued that it can be best understood in terms of the lack of a fundamental division between gods and humans at Rome worshiping a human as a god was accordingly not a transgressive act. This paper challenges this interpretation, demonstrating that gods and humans were indeed usually conceived as separate species of being. The imperial cult was thus transgressive in theory; however, it primarily operated in contexts where that could be overlooked and the worship of humans as gods accordingly appeared unproblematic.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2575-7199
Print ISSN
2575-7180
Pages
pp. 41-81
Launched on MUSE
2012-05-10
Open Access
No
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