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If the augur received unfavourable signs, he could suspend, postpone or cancel the undertaking obnuntiatio.

Literary sources in late antiquity say that the popa was a public slave. The distinction between human and divine res was explored in the multivolume Antiquitates rerum humanarum et divinarumone of the chief works of Varro 1st century BC. It is an ambiguous term for both snactum building and the surrounding area ubi aqua currit “where water runs”according to the etymology of the antiquarian Cincius.

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Dillon Andrews rated it it was amazing Jan 17, The focal point of sacrifice was the altar araplural arae. An adjective”choice, select,” used to denote the high quality required of sacrificial victims: Balsdon, “Roman History, 58—56 B.

In BC, during one of the worst crises of the Punic Warsthe senate dealt with an unprecedented number, the expiation of which would have involved “at least twenty days” of dedicated rites. Despite its title, S. The Romans celebrated an individual’s birthday annually, in contrast to the Greek practice of marking the date each month with a simple libation.

The magical ritual of the sanctum regnum: Wissowa, however, asserted eegnum Varro’s lists were not indigitamentabut di certigods whose function could still be identified with certainty; Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics unknown editionvol.


In ecclesiastical Latinsanctus is the word for saintbut even in the Christian era it continues to appear in epitaphs for people who had not converted to Christianity. It was the outstanding quality of the Roman hero Aeneasto whom the magici pius is applied regularly throughout the Aeneid.

See auspicia following and auspice. Oritya rated it it was amazing Oct 02, To ask other readers questions about Magical Ritual of the Sanctum Regnumplease sign up. Some cult formulae are leges: Persons judged sacer under Roman law were placed beyond further civil judgment, sentence and protection; their lives, families and properties were forfeit to the gods. The pulvinar plural pulvinaria was a special couch used for displaying images cel the gods, that they might receive offerings at ceremonies such as the lectisternium or supplicatio.

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Barton, The Sorrows of the Ancient Romans: See also Marcian, Digest 1. Prex”prayer”, usually appears in the plural, preces. On these days, there were to be no marriagespolitical assemblies, or battles. The losing side had thus in effect committed perjuryand forfeited his sacramentum as a form of piaculum ; the winner got his deposit back. Pietasfrom which English “piety” derives, was the devotion that bound a person to the gods, to the Roman state, and to his family.

In BC the newly elected plebeian consul M. A History Cambridge University Press,vol. Manuel Alexandro rated it it was amazing Feb 05, These days were codified into a system of legal public holidays, the feriae publicaewhich could be. Multiple victimarii are sometimes in attendance; one may hold down the victim’s head while the other lands the blow.


Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: Green, Ovid, Fasti 1: January 14 is the only day to be marked annually and officially by decree of the Roman senate senatus consultum as vitiosus. Evidence and Experience Routledge,p.

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III 94; Festus sv tesca p. Harris, War and imperialism in Republican Rome, B. Ritual error is a pollutant; it vitiates the performance and risks the gods’ anger.

The English word ” profane ” ultimately derives from Latin pro fano[] “before, i. Uncovering Roman Influence in Hellenistic Italy,” p. The historian Valerius Maximus makes clear that dfl caerimoniae require those performing them to attain a particular mental-spiritual state animus”intention”and emphasizes the importance of caerimoniae in the dedication and first sentence of his work.

All dies festi were thus nefasti.

The sacramentum militare also as militum or militiae was the oath taken by soldiers in pledging their loyalty to the consul or emperor. Originally only patrician magistrates and augurs were entitled to practice spectiowhich carried with it the power to regulate assemblies and other aspects of public life, depending on whether the omens were good or bad.

Observatio might also be applicable to many oblative or unexpected signs. Responsa plural were the “responses,” that is, the opinions and arguments, of the official priests on questions of religious practice and interpretation.