Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

The Veneration of Imperial Images between the Constantinian and Theodosian dinasties

Alejandro Cadenas González


In this text we try to carry out an analysis of the emperor
model proposed by the pagane orators Libanius and Temistius at
the end of the fourth Century AD. They propose an ideal emperor in
accordance with traditions, based on the virtues of the emperor,
especially on philanthropy, even accepting the Christianity of the ruler.
However, this emperor model is against the Christian thought, mainly
in the veneration of the emperor, the imperial cult and the worship
of images. The point of view of Christianity based on aniconism will
gradually displace the traditional Roman ritual and it will consider
many elements related to the importance of images as idolatry.

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