The raising of an emperor or other special person to the status of a god in pagan religion. Though initially done after death, from the time of Domitian (81-96 A.D.) the emperors were deified even during their lifetime. This concept is not to be confused with Christian notions of sanctification and canonization. See Theosis.
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