Imperial Religion Essay

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Cicero expressed that the importance of religion is political; controlling the population, preventing Chaos, and promote loyalty to Rome (Encyclopedia of Britannica). The Imperial Cult sanctioned that all Emperors and relatives of the Emperors are Gods and Goddesses, had temples built to worship them (Rome Religion Gallery), and held the belief that if someone saves another persons life they must be treated as a God by the person (Encyclopedia). The honor of being seen as a God was known to be difficult to achieve if they are of low political and governmental standing
To become a God by the view of the Imperial Cult, the subject often must give gifts to the empire that were seen to be ...view middle of the document...

The Imperial Cult was created as a political religion to convey loyalty to the state and ruler. As Rome grew larger so did the population and with it new people would travel with their own religions, to keep a main religion the Imperial Cult was created as an attempt to replace the previous national religion as it declined ensuring a means of control over citizens for they would worship the Goddess of the City, Roma, as well as the Emperors of Rome keeping loyalty high. It was not as successful seen though because it was a political religion brought forth to show loyalty and keep the masses collected and unified for Rome. (Pagans, Jews, and Christians)
While Rome is often seen for being non tolerate of other religions based on its reaction to Christianity, that is in fact not true the only laws on religion was that they must accept Imperial Cult religion. They recognized other religions, and even exempted the Hebrews from the rule because of the Monogamous view they have and instead mandated that they must not attempt to convert others.
The persecution of Christianity originates from the facts that it was a new religion, it refused to accept Imperial religion, and would attempt to recruit people despite this and...

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