This is a decree of the provincial assembly of the cities of Asia, which had immediately after the battle of Actium obtained Augustus’ consent to build a temple to Rome and Augustus and to institute a cult. It may be suspected that the proconsul entered the competition—and naturally won it—in order to forestall more extravagant and expensive honors for the emperor, and to substitute for them a useful calendar reform. The highly colored messianic language of the preamble is noteworthy.
KeywordsImperial Cult Religious Observance Provincial Governor Catholic Religion Suitable Punishment
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