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Adoratio
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literally ‘adoration’, refers to an especially respectful address, not only to the prayer to the gods (Fest. 162,19).

1. In the Roman imperial court, adoratio is the greeting to the emperor by prostrating oneself introduced into court ceremony by Diocletian according to Achaemenid and Hellenistic models ( προσκύνησις, proskýnēsis: Eutr. 9,26). 2. Pejoratively, adoratio is understood as a special form of courtly or also other flattery (adulatio). 3. Since the beginning of the imperial era, adoratio also stands for the veneration of the genius Augusti and the divi Au…

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Gizewski, Christian (Berlin), “Adoratio”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e103810>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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