Divinity and Divine Sonship in the Roman World

Michael Peppard

in The Son of God in the Roman World

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753703
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914432 | DOI:
Divinity and Divine Sonship in the Roman World

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Chapter 2 engages scholarship on divinity in Roman religion, with special attention to significant studies of emperor worship. Recent work in Roman history and religious studies has critiqued previous modern understandings of ancient divinity as being mistakenly grounded in elite philosophical ideas. The use of archaeological research and nuanced theories of power has allowed scholars to incorporate into a coherent worldview some previously anomalous data—not least the widely attested worship of the Roman emperor as a god. Taken together, the changes in the study of Roman religion and of the emperor as a god and divi filius have invited fresh comparisons with early Christianity and the worship of Jesus Christ.

Keywords: divine status; divine sonship; divi filius; Augustus; Caesar; emperor worship

Chapter.  9458 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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