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« on: June 02, 2007, 12:38:05 PM »

I remember hearing some place that in the Empire's declining years the Byzantines started worshiping the emperor.  I thought at the time, "No wonder God let the Turks get them!"

Recently, I remembered this idea and I wonder if somebody had his facts wrong.  Could the Byzantines had declared their emperors saints and been venerating them?  Does anybody know more about this question?  Thanks, St. Christopher.
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2007, 06:19:02 AM »

Veneration, almost certainly (at least in outward gestures, though whether people actually venerated an emperor in their heart would probably change from emperor to emperor). However, I've never heard of a systematic and consistent worship of the Byzantine Emperors.
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I'll bet I look like a goof.

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