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date: 30 November 2022



  • J. Linderski


Transfer of a thing from the human into the divine sphere was accomplished through the act of dedicatio and *consecratio, the former indicating surrender of an object into divine ownership, the latter its transformation into a res sacra. Dedications of temples, places, and altars (aedes, terra, ara) were legally binding only if performed by competent authorities:(a) the magistrates with *imperium;(b) with respect to temples, the board of two men acting in their stead (duumviri aedi dedicandae) elected by the people (often appointed as duumvirs were the magistrates who had vowed the temple while in office, or their relatives);(c) the *aediles, but only from the fines imposed by them (pecunia multaticia);(d) any person specifically (nominatim) selected by the people or *plebs, as stipulated by a lex Papiria, perhaps of 304 bce (Cic.Dom. 127–8, 130–6; Att.


  • Roman Myth and Religion

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