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Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman WorldEssays in Honour of Miriam Griffin$
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Gillian Clark and Tessa Rajak

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299905.001.0001

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Deus or Divus: The Genesis of Roman Terminology for Deified Emperors and a Philosopher's Contribution

Deus or Divus: The Genesis of Roman Terminology for Deified Emperors and a Philosopher's Contribution

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(p.181) Deus or Divus: The Genesis of Roman Terminology for Deified Emperors and a Philosopher's Contribution
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Philosophy and Power in the Graeco-Roman World
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David Wardle

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299905.003.0011

This chapter examines the choice of divus as the title of the deified Caesar. It finds no connection with traditional Roman religious terminology, as examined by the philosophical Varro, or with Cicero's philosophical speculations on the afterlife of great statesmen. It argues that tradition was invented, and was given credibility by using the vocabulary of archaic Roman religious law.

Keywords:   Caesar, divus, Roman imperial cult, Roman religious law

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