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Poplifugia  

C. Robert Phillips

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Mar 2016
An obscure Roman festival on 5 July. Its name resembles that of the equally puzzling *Regifugium. The ancients explained it as the flight of the people at the death of *Romulus (Dion. Hal.Ant. Rom. ... More

Portunus  

Nicholas Purcell

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Dec 2015
God worshipped in the *Tiber harbour at Rome (festival, the Portunalia, 17 August; a flamen is attested). Originally linked with ‘ways in’ in the wider sense, his cult came to concern *harbours in ... More

possession, religious  

H. S. Versnel

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Mar 2016
That a human being might become possessed by a supernatural power was a fairly common ancient belief. The effect might be a prophetic frenzy as in the case of the trance (see delphic oracle). Plato ... More

Praeneste  

Edward Togo Salmon and T. W. Potter

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Mar 2016
Praeneste (mod. Palestrina), with interesting polygonal walls, occupied a cool, lofty spur of the *Apennines 37 km. (23 mi.) east-south-east of Rome. Traditionally founded in the mythical period ... More

prayer  

H. S. Versnel

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Jul 2015
Prayer was the most common form of expression in ancient religion. It could be formal or informal and was often accompanied by other acts of worship, e.g. *sacrifice or vow (the Greek word euchē ... More

priests, Greek and Roman  

John North

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Mar 2016
Cities in the Graeco-Roman world always had men and women, often of high rank, specially chosen for the service of the gods and goddesses. They might be serving for life or for a fixed ... More

processions  

Richard Seaford

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Mar 2016
Processions are an extremely common feature of Greek and Roman religious practice. It is above all in the procession that a group may ritually display its cohesion and power to itself and others. And ... More

prophecies  

David Potter

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Jul 2015
Prophecies, texts purporting to be the work of inspired sages, had an important role in Graeco-Roman thought. Collections of prophecies, which are attested as early as the 6th cent. bce (Hdt. 7. 6), ... More

Providentia  

John Scheid

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Mar 2016
Providentia, learned term for prudentia, ‘foresight’, the capacity to distinguish good from bad, which became, under the influence of the pronoia (‘forethought’) of *Stoicism, a virtue of statesmen. ... More

Pudicitia  

Nicholas Purcell

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Mar 2016
Pudicitia, the personification at Rome of women's *chastity and modesty, interestingly identified originally as specific to patrician women until the cult of Pudicitia Patricia in the *forum Boarium ... More

pulvinar  

J. Linderski

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Mar 2016
Pulvinar, a cushioned couch on which images (or representations, struppi, bundles of herbs, Festus, Gloss. Lat. 56, 408, 437) of gods were placed at a *lectisternium, either inside (Livy 21. 62. 5) ... More

puteal  

Glenys Davies

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Mar 2016
Puteal, the circular stone surround of a well-head, but also the stone coping marking a place that was sacred. Thus the puteal Libonis or Scribonianum in the forum Romanum was a monument shaped like ... More

Pyramus and Thisbe  

Stephen J. Harrison

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Mar 2016
Pyramus and Thisbe are the hero and heroine of a love story mainly known from Ovid, Met., 4. 55–165. They were next-door neighbours in Babylon, and, as their parents would not let them marry, they ... More

quindecimviri sacris faciundis  

John North

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Mar 2016
Quindecimviri sacris faciundis, one of the four major colleges (see collegium) of the Roman priesthood (see priests). The size of the college increased gradually, starting at two (duoviri), reaching ... More

Quinquatrus  

C. Robert Phillips

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Mar 2016

Roman festival on 19 March which opened the army's new campaign season. Later connected with Minerva: Ov.Fast. 3. 809 ff. with Bömer's notes.

Quirinus  

Herbert Jennings Rose and John Scheid

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Mar 2016
Quirinus, a god claimed as Sabine in origin by the ancients (e.g. Ov.Fast. 2. 475 ff.). Except that his functions resembled those of *Mars and that he had sacred arms (FestusGloss. Lat.321), we know ... More

Rediculus  

Herbert Jennings Rose

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Dec 2015
When *Hannibal, attempting to raise the siege of *Capua in 211 bce, made a demonstration against Rome, a shrine was erected at Rome to the unknown power which made him go back again, under the name ... More

Regifugium  

C. Robert Phillips

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Dec 2015
Roman festival falling on 24 February (Ov. Fast. 2. 685 ff., Plut. Quaest. Rom. 63 with Rose's notes) associated with the expulsion of the kings (reges). Of unclear origins: its calendar note ... More

religion, Celtic  

Proinsias Mac Cana and Greg Woolf

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Mar 2016
Traditionally referred to the non-Christian traditions of a people whose history was traced back to the late bronze age across an area that extended from the Atlantic to the middle Danube. ... More

religion, Etruscan  

Jacques Heurgon and J. Linderski

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Mar 2016
Etruscan religion, unlike Greek and Roman, was a revealed religion. The revelation was ascribed to the semi-divine seer *Tages, and to the *nymph Vegoia (Begoe, Etr. Vecui(a)). Their teaching, with ... More

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