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What Does Divine Right Mean?
« on: April 12, 2009, 09:27:00 AM »
The concept of Divine Right of Monarchs (Kings or Emperors) has been a precept and used as a pretext to apply edicts and laws, as a solemn way of legitimizing a particular order and or action.

Either it be in regards to The Pharaohic Kings of Egypt, to the God-Emperors of Rome, to the Deva-Raja of Indus Valley Civilizations and South East Asia, to the Dynasties of China and Japan to the Jungle Thrones of the Aztec and Inca, it was used to solidify power and rule.

Let us analyze this concept on a case by case basis.


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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2009, 09:40:43 AM »
The best classical example of Divine Right and Absolute Power can be seen in the Political and Religious roles of the Roman Emperor. The Roman Emperor and the Imperial Office was subject to auspicious ritual sacrifice as well as garnished a cult following, namely the Cult of The Emperors, to which many religious fanatics and military leaders were part of.

The Office of the Emperor, was regarded by Roman Citizens as the epitome of Supreme Power. The Emperor was regarded as the living, breathing incarnation of Jupiter, who was the Father of the Pantheon of Roman Gods. And like so, the writ and commands of the Emperor was regarded as absolute law, power immeasurable that could overwrite and override even the will of the Senate and People of Rome (SPQR).

The Roman Emperor was not only a political figure that presided over the Senate, but was a religious officer. He was considered the Primarch of Religious festivals, the guardian and protector of Old Roman Virtues, he led the sacrifices and prayers to Jupiter, Diana, Mars, Saturn, and Divus Ilieus (The Deified form of Julius Caesar) and following Emperors.

In an analytical and strategic perspective, the extrapolation of both religious and political powers and placing it in the hands of One man, under One Office gave absolute control to one being. The singular unit that commanded the Empire. To which prayers were offered and incense burnt for.

Undeniably, the Office of The Emperor Of Rome was one to vie for, and at the same time, a dangerous one.


The Illustration of Imperial Divinity

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The Statue of Emperor Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (CLAUDIUS)
-Note he is crowned with the Imperial Laurentius (the laurel crown), which signifies political power
-Note also he is enrobed with the Priestly Regalia, signifying his Religious Primarchy
-Note also in his right hand he has the incense-plate, which incense would be lit and offered along with prayers and praise
-Epitome of Divine Absolutism.



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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2009, 10:10:22 AM »
'Great power comes with a cost, assassinations were frequent, and even the Divinity of an Emperor could not protect his mortal flesh from the blades of his Praetorians,' said Dr. Turk, Professor of World History and Roman History at the prestigious Allegheny College.

And that was exactly the point. Internal court intrigue revolved around the schemes of relatives of the Emperor, senators, military factions and even the praetorian guard.

The rise of Caesar Claudius only came after the death of Caligula, who was murdered by his own Praetorian Guard.

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Claudius in prostration pleading for his life to the Praetorian Guard. The Praetorian guards found him hiding after hearing that his nephew, Caligula, was stabbed to death by the Praetorian while sitting on the Imperial Throne, still enrobed with the Imperial Colours.

The Praetorian Guard did not kill Claudius, rather, found him and hailed him as Emperor-elect.

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