In antiquity, the Imperial Cult had a large hierarchy of Priesthood:
1. Members of the Imperial Family could perform rites on behalf of the Empire as a Flamen or Flaminica of the Imperial Cult.
2. During the Imperial Period, a Flamen of the Imperial Cult was added to the College of Pontiffs, the governing body of the state Religio Romana.
3. Each Province in the Roman Empire had it's own Pontificial College, and Imperial Flamen.
4. Each City had it's own Collegium as well, with it's own Imperial Cult Flamenate.
5. Each town had it's own Imperial Cult Temple or Shrine, with Imperial Cult Priests and Priestesses known who held the title of Sacerdote.
6. It was common for the head of a household (Paterfamilias or Materfamilias) to honor the Divii at the household Shrine, or Lararium.
MODERN IMPERIAL CULT WORSHIP
As part of its efforts to revive Late Classical Religion, the Collegium Pontificum of Byzantium Novum is currently working to coordinate and maintain active Roman Imperial Cult practice worldwide. To that end we are accepting applications for those wishing to perform rites as Imperial Cult Sacerdote Priests and Priestesses.
The duties of modern Sacerdote Priests and Priestesses are simple; to perform rites and offerings to the Divii Imperii at least once monthly, and to maintain a public presence through announcing when rites have been performed. This activity will help to generate a foundation of positive spiritual energy and divine connection for further restoring the Imperial Cult as a living religious practice.
To ask questions and discuss Imperial Cult practice, you are welcome to visit us at:
Or you may write to the Pontifex Maximus of Byzantium Novum directly: Marcus Cassius Julianus