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Pomerium
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The pomerium was the line, important in religious law, which at Rome and its colonies ( coloniae ) divided the urbs from the ager, i.e. the city in the strictest sense from its surrounding territories. Even in antiquity, the meaning of the word was obscure. According to point of view, it was etymologically explained as the line 'behind' (post or pone murum) or 'in front of' (promoerium) the city wall (Varro Ling. 5,143 and Gell. NA 13,14,1 versus Fest. 295), but neither etymology is likely to be tenable

The establishment of the pomerium constituted the climax of a city f…

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Galsterer, Hartmut (Bonn), “Pomerium”, 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 25 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1002720>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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