Roman emperor worship (1919) PDF by Louis Matthews Sweet
The Roman Imperial Cult began with the first Caesar and continued until the final overthrow of paganism in the Empire. An exhaustive study of the Cult in all its ramifications would practically involve a survey of Roman his- tory during the imperial epoch and would transcend all reasonable limits. A bald analytical review, merely, of the data which have passed under my own eye in the course of this investigation, would break bounds. A rigid and somewhat painful process of elimination has, therefore, been exercised both in the use and presentation of the available data in this field. Particularly in the matter of the local origins and spread throughout the empire of the ruler-cult I have been com- pelled to turn a deaf ear to many alluring sug- gestions. There are in this region many urgent problems awaiting solution, which I have not ventured even to broach.