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A. Roman Development

Genius is etymologically interpreted as the tutelary deity external to a man (ἀγαθὸς δαίμων, agathòs daímōn) or alternatively his internal power of procreation and in other life events. Academic research [2. 23; 5. 11] has resulted in a synthesis, as no prototype can be assumed for the cult of the genius; the genius is seen as a deified personality/concept located in the forehead, as manifest in an individual's innate qualities: the procreational forc…

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Maharam, Wolfram-Aslan (Gilching), “Genius”, 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 16 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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