The Imperial Cult in Egypt

Stefan Pfeiffer

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571451
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191750540 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 The Imperial Cult in Egypt

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Throughout the Roman empire, the living emperor was the subject of worship and also, in part, the object of a cult that was often very similar, if not identical, to the cult of the gods. This also applies to the Roman province of Aegyptus. Here the worship of the living ruler as a god was already a 300-year-old Ptolemaic tradition. This article presents the institutional structures of the cult of the emperor in Roman Egypt.

Keywords: Roman Egypt; emperor; worship; cult; Aegyptus; living ruler

Article.  8569 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology of the Near East ; Egyptian Archaeology ; Archaeology

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