Open worship of the Roman Emperor with sacrifice, priests, altar and temple was in theory contrary to official policy in Rome. The cult of the living emperor by less direct means, however, might be achieved in various ways: the offering of cult to his companion
genius or the divine
numen immanent within him; the elevation of the Imperial house to a level at which it became godlike; the formal placing of the emperor on a par with the gods by making dedications to him
ut deo; the conversion of divinities of every kind into Augustan gods that served as the Emperor's helper and protector; the creation of Augustan Blessings and Virtues that personified the qualities and benefactions of the emperor.
Volume II, 2 completes the preliminary set of studies with a select bibliography, indexes and corrigenda to Vols. I, 1-2 and II, 1.
Duncan Fishwick is University Professor and Chairman of Classics at the University of Alberta. His publications include four earlier books and some 90 articles and reviews in international journals. He is currently working on volume III, 1-4 of
The Imperial Cult in the Latin West.
In 1991 Duncan Fishwick was elected as corresponding member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres of Paris.
"...l'oeuvre de D. Fishwick représente une contribution remarquable de clarté, d'analyse et de synthèse : espérons une poursuite régulière de sa publication." – Marie-Thérèse Raepsaet-Charlier, in:
l'Antiquité Classique, 1994
specialists and students of classical antiquity and philology.