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Pax deorum (deum)
(301 words)

[German version]

In the Roman mind PD meant the state of 'peace' between the populus Romanus and their gods or described their 'gracious obligingness' [1. 20-22]. In the area of state religion it was the task of the sacerdotes populi Romani (Priests) and the magistrates to see to the continuation of this state by means of the correct execution and preservation of the prescribed cult activities and ordinances (such as the Vestals' requirement of chastity).

The PD could be destroyed at any time by errors in ritual, carelessness or transgression against divine legal norms…

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Linderski, Jerzy (Chapel Hill, NC), “Pax deorum (deum)”, 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 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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