Emperor Worship

The Demands of Emperor Worship

The demands of Emporer Worship

Every person in Ephesus and other cities that worshiped the emperor was expected to:- Participate in festivals honoring the emperor(s). This included offering incense on altars carried by priests to declare that Caesar was Lord, making sacrifices to the emperor, and eating sacrificed meat.

- Offer incense to Caesar before entering the city.

- To obey Caesar without question.

- To acknowledge the authority of the emperor when conducting business or shopping in the market. They were to stop at his altars to acknowledge his "lordship," and had to acknowledge the emperor as the provider of life before drawing water from public fountains, etc.