I’d like to hear who here is interested in following or is already a follower of the Imperial Cult of the Augusti/Divi and which Divi do you venerate.
My friends and I are preparing bylaws to found a collrgium called the Collegium Augustalis, dedicated to the veneration of the Divi and the dedication of Flamines to them. I would like to know also if anyone is interested in participating in this college.
I also practice the Imperial cult in private, but it’s not super well integrated into my main practice. It’s more sporadic, and part of that has to do with my mixed feelings on the concept in general.
As a historian, it is hard sometimes to parse the deity from the person, as a lot of emperors that became gods were…not exactly the best people, and it’s a bit problematic to be lionizing, romanticizing, and deifying people who were sometimes tyrants and killers. Especially in that, in our own countries, it’s important to be constantly re-evaluating our own history, our own national myths and mythic figures. For instance, here n the US, the Founding Fathers have a similar aura of sacrosanctity; but it is important to break that down so we can evaluate the people behind that aura, on real terms.
On the other hand, a deified mortal, a Hero in the classically Greek sense, does not have to be a moral paragon; the threshold is greatness, not goodness. And many emperors did great things for Roman civilization, and laid down certain ideas and standards that are the cultural legacy of the West as a whole.