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Septerion

(307 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] (Σεπτήριον/ Septḗrion), not Stepterion (Στεπτήριον/ Steptḗrion), was the name of a nine-yearly sequence of festivals and rituals, in the course of which a boy would set fire to a wooden construction beneath the temple of Apollo in Delphi, would then himself be led in a procession into the Thessalian Tempe valley to be ritually purified there of his 'offence' with accompanying sacrifices in the river Peneius. A central constituent was the plucking at the sanctuary to Apollo there of a l…

Nomioi Theoi

(181 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)

Vates

(519 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] Lat. 'announcer' of vaticinationes, 'prophecies', which occur by means of divine inspiration and are, according to Cicero, part of the 'natural' divination (Cic. Div. 1,4; 1,34 et passim; Divination VII: ill. of the communication pattern); occasionally, however, representatives of the 'artificial' divination (Haruspices; Augures) are also called vates (such as Liv. 2,42,10). The vates speaks in verse ( canere since Enn. Ann. 207; carmina: Sall. Hist. 1,77,3 et passim) and is thus part of a general ancient tradition of prophetically inspired text production. Historically known vates of this kind are a certain Publicius (Cic. Div. 1,115; 2,113), Cn. Marcius [I 2], as well as probably his brother, from the early 3rd cent. BC: the carmina Marciana are said to have prompted the establishment of the ludi Apollinares in 212 BC (Ludi III A) and to have been included, subsequently, in the Sibyllini libri [1. 59]. Vates, however, may refer to different types of divination specialists: to prophets in general (Plaut…

Phylakterion

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Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)

Pudor

(165 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)

Viriplaca

(180 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] V. is a goddess ( dea) of the city of Rome, recorded only in Val. Max. 2,1,6, whose small sanctuary ( sacellum) still stood on the Palatine at the time of Tiberius [II 1]: couples used to go there (but no longer in the time of Valerius Maximus) to resolve marriage difficulties by mutual exchange of their arguments. The name of the goddess was explained, entirely in the sense of a moralizing strategy by the author, with the etymology

Mundus

(835 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] A subterranean pit, presumably expanded into a chamber, associated in Rome and other Italic cities with religious cult. A possible architectonic parallel is the subterranean sanctuary of Dionysus in Volsinii (Bolsena) from the 3rd cent. BC [1 Fig. 1]. There is agreement neither on the etymology of the Latin word mundus [2], nor on the origins or the function of the religious mundus. It has been associated with a pre-deistic form of worship of the spirits of the dead, but also with primitive agrarian and fertility rituals (critica…

Septemviri

(465 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] ('College of seven men'). Founded at Rome in 196 BC by resolution of the people, initially as a college of three men (Liv. 33,42,1), later (perhaps under L. Cornelius [I 90] Sulla) enlarged to seven, and finally, by Caesar, to ten members (Cass. Dio 43,51,9), the Roman urban priestly college known as the tresviri, later septemviri epulonum (e.g. InscrIt 13,2 p. 114 f.) or epulones ( epulo ; e.g. Liv. 33,42,1; Paul. Fest. 68 L.), took its name from its arrangement of the Iovis epulum , the sacrificial banquet ( ludorum epulare sacrificium: Cic. De or. 3,73) for Jupiter, …

Pythioi

(195 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] (Πύθιοι/ Pýthioi). In the political organization of Sparta - according to tradition established by Lycurgus [4] - each of the two Spartan kings chose two ambassadors which were dispatched to obtain the oracles of Apollo Pythios in Delphi. In the Greek poleis, these ambassadors were usually called theoprópoi or theōroí; the name Pýthioi at Sparta thus reflects a special relationship between this polis and the Delphic oracle. The Pýthioi were allowed to dine in the skēnḕ dēmosía - at the expense of the dḗmos - as fellows in the kings' tent ( sýskēnoi) and at their table ( sýssit…

Pantheus

(1,113 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
(Πάνθεο…

Moles Martis

(151 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] Mentioned in the Republican libri sacerdotum as an addressee of prayers (Gell. NA 13,23,2). In the Augustean period, the MM received a supplicatio every 12 May (Feriale Cumanum, InscrIt 13,2, p. 279). This supplication is connected with the natalis templi of the sanctuary of Mars Ultor in the Forum Augustum and with the ludi for Mars on the same day (Mars I.C.). The compound moles belli, ‘the dangers’ or ‘privations of war’, inspired by the mṓlos Árēos (since Hom. Il. 2,401), is present in Roman poets and historians from the 2nd cent. BC (Acc. fr. 610 TRF…

Tritopatores

(155 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] (Τριτοπάτορες/ Tritopátores, also Τριτοπατρεῖς/ Tritopatreîs). The cultically worshipped ancestors - usually as a collective, but also individually (Τριτοπάτωρ/ Tritopátōr: IDélos 1,66) - of a particular social group. Cults of the T. of a pólis , of demes ( dêmos [2]), phratríai or génē (Family, IV. A. 3.) are recorded in Attica and on Attic-influenced Delos, in Selinus [4], Troezen and Cyrene. Several local inscriptional texts, primarily including a lex sacra from Selinus, give information about their cultic status. Philochorus (FGrH 328 F 182) in…

Rex sacrorum

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Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] In literature also rex sacrificulus (e.g. Liv. 2,2,1), 'king of the sacrifice', or simply rex (e.g. Varro Ling. 6,12 f.). The great age of this Roman priesthood is evident from the requirement that the rex sacrorum belong to a patrician gens (Cic. Dom. 38; Liv. 6,41,9; exception: MRR 1,284 n. 8), be born of a marriage concluded by confarreatio , and he…

Saxanus

(225 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] ( Saxsanus, also Saxsetanus). Epithet, primarily of Hercules. The name derives from Latin saxum, 'rock, stone'; Hercules S. was worshipped in the context of individual Italic or provincial Roman quarrying regions. The beginning of the worship of Hercules S. dates back to before the second half of the 1st century AD in central Italy (Tibur: CIL XIV 3543, the restoration of an older sanctuary in the Flavian pe…

Patrii di

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Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] The patrii di (Greek θεοὶ πάτριοι/ theoì pátrioi or θεοὶ πατρῷοι/ theoì patrôioi, theoí pátrioi ) were not a fixed category of Roman religious law, but represented an indigenous attempt to classify religious plurality in terms of the traditionalistic scheme typical of ancient religion: that of in-group/out-group. The 'gods of the fathers' gained some of their legitimacy from the fact that the ancestors were already worshipping them in accordance with the traditional value system (Latin patrii mores ritusque; Greek pátrioi nómoi). Therefore, patrii di can refer t…

Mena

(117 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[German version] According to Varro, Antiquitates rerum divinarum fragments 95 and 273 Cardauns (in Aug. Civ. 7,2-3; cf. ibid. 4,11), a daughter of Jupiter; se was the Roman goddess of menstruation. M., recorded nowhere else, seems to be patterned on the Greek μήνη/ mḗnē, ‘Moon (personified as Mḗnē/ Sēlēnē ), or the linguistically and connotatively related Greek μήν/ mēn, Latin mēnsis, ‘(lunar) month’, and continues the customary association of menstruation with the monthly cycle and the influence of the moon. M.'s sphere of action overlaps those of othe…

Intertextualität

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Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[English version] A. Begriff In den 1960er Jahren fand die Kritik an der werkimmanenten Interpretation lit. Texte als abgeschlossener Systeme ihren Ausdruck in der Rezeptionsästhetik von H.R. Jauss und der von der Semiotikerin Julia Kristeva geprägten I. Beeinflußt wurde Kristeva von Michail Bachtins Konzeption des lit. Textes als eines offenen Systems: Kein Text entsteht in einem sozio-histor. Vakuum; er repräsentiert schon im Augenblick seiner Entstehung eine dialogische Auseinandersetzung mit and…

Manalis lapis

(256 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[English version] Gegenstand und Funktion sind schon im 1. Jh.v.Chr. obsolet und damit erklärungsbedürftig. Paul. Fest. 115 L. kennt zwei Erklärungen: (1) der m.l. sei ein Eingang zur Unterwelt gewesen, durch den die Seelen der Unterirdischen alias Di Manes in die Oberwelt “strömten” ( manāre); (2) der m.l. sei ein beim Tempel des Mars außerhalb der Porta Capena in Rom gelegener Stein (bzw. ein Wasserkrug: Varro bei Non. 547 mit fragwürdiger Rationalisierung) gewesen, den die Pontifices (Pontifex) bei Dürre in die Stadt zogen (vgl. Paul. Fest. 2 L. mit der Assoziation von m.l. und aqua…

Novensides, Di.

(487 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[English version] Eine Gruppe von Gottheiten, deren Verehrung sich inschr. in Marruvium (Vetter Nr. 225 = [1. 43-47 Nr. 36]: esos nouesede, 3. Jh.v.Chr.) und Pisaurum (CIL XI 6297 = ILLRP 20: deiu no[ u] esede, 3./2. Jh.v.Chr.) widerspiegelt. Calpurnius Piso (fr. 45 HRR = 35 Forsythe) will vom Ursprung und Kult der Di N. im sabinischen Trebula Mutuesca wissen. Als divi Novensiles (die Endung auf -ilis ist wohl sekundär) werden die Di N. auch in der Devotionsformel des P. Decius [I 1] Mus im J. 340 v.Chr. gemeinsam mit den Di Indigetes (s.u.) und weiteren Go…

Sagmen

(64 words)

Author(s): Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt)
[English version] Sagmina (Pl.) hießen die in Rom auf der Arx für die fetiales mitsamt der Erde aus dem Boden gerissenen Kräuter (Plin. nat. 22,5; 25,105; Fest. 424-426 L.), die bei der rituellen Einsetzung des pater patratus Verwendung fanden (Liv. 1,24,4-6) und von den fetiales auch auf ihren Missionen mitgeführt wurden (Liv. 30,43,9). Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt) Bibliography J. Rüpke, Domi militiae, 1990, 100-103.
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