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Jan M. van der Molen
University of Groningen
Seeing how the idea of the ‘ruler cult’ and the necessary ‘myth-making’ to establish it exists to this day, as seen with the regime of a 21st century dictator like Kim Jong-il, it would be most interesting to see what parallels exist between cases of divine leadership and what we might learn about our contemporary cult rulers when looking at the dynamics of the two-millennia-old cult of the deified Emperor Augustus. As such, I have formulated a central question that focuses on the reign of Divus Augustus, and in doing so provides opportunity to extrapolate from it new insights in similar but contemporary figures of leadership. A clear case of 'to understand motives in the present, one must look at actions in the past.'
Keywords Ancient History  Roman Religion  Political Legitimacy  Roman Empire  Augustan Principate  Augustus  Ruler Cult  Roman politics  Personality Cults  Relationship Between Leadership and Followership  Myth-making, popular history and identity
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