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Némésis et le culte imperial

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The chapter begins with a brief overview on the paternal figure of the emperor. Emperor's performances often place the figure at the center of the time already because the nature of the autocratic power leads to place the sovereign to the very origin of its propensity and its right to govern the Roman Empire and the Universe. Permanence, durability or theoretical eternity of imperial power is a central ideological theme due to the universal value. The chapter discusses the divine nature of the emperor of divus to theiotatos (very divine). The term theios seems to be regularly used in the Greek East Imperial (especially in Asia Minor). The chapter concludes that the consecutive official instructions to memoriae damnatio some emperors and from the Senate were not followed everywhere and simultaneously to the letter, in a systematic way. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: divine nature; emperor; imperial power; Roman Empire



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