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Cult image

(3,473 words)

Author(s): Berlejung, Angelika (Heidelberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen) | Neudecker, Richard (Rome) | Heimgartner, Martin (Halle)
I. Ancient Orient [German version] A. General comments In the Near East, idols which functioned as cult images (CI) could be found in central temples, peripheral sanctuaries, private houses, and sometimes on open-air sanctuaries and cult alcoves. Their material consistency, appearance, and size varied depending on their origin and the context of their use. Berlejung, Angelika (Heidelberg) [German version] B. Egypt CI of gods already existed in earliest times. They could be anthropomorphic (anthr.), theriomorphous, or of mixed shape, and were created as in…


(318 words)

Author(s): Eder, Walter (Berlin) | Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[German version] (κτίστης; ktístēs). Ktistes (from Greek κτίζειν/ ktízein, ‘to make habitable, to settle’ or ‘to found, set up’) is (next to archēgétēs and oikistḗs; Latin conditor) the term used in the Greek language area in pre-Christian times to describe founders of cities. In inscriptions from the Hellenistic period ktistes also often means founder of games or other public institutions (cf. e.g. CIG 2851). Christian authors use ktistes in the sense of Creator (God) (of the earth, flora, fauna etc.). Ktistes in the sense of city founder could be a god (particularly Apoll…


(171 words)

Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[German version] (plural Nutrices). Latin name of female deities who, as wetnurses, were nurturers and protectors of divine or human children. Three areas can be distinguished: (1) in myth, e.g. as a nurse of Jupiter (Amaltheia [1], Ov. Fast. 5,127), also metonymically as ‘nurturing mother earth’ (Hor. Carm. 1,22); (2) in the cult in and around Poetovio, where two shrines and numerous reliefs and inscriptions consecrated to the Nutrices Augustae were found [1]; the iconography shows seated female deities (individually or as a group) who are nursing children or to…


(14,783 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Eder, Walter (Berlin) | Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen) | Eck, Werner (Cologne) | Stroh, Wilfried (Munich) | Et al.
Name of one of the oldest and most celebrated Roman patrician families; during the Roman Republic the largest and most extensive gens, giving its name to the tribus Cornelia. Its patrician branches probably stem from the Maluginenses, frequently attested in the 5th cent. BC (C. [I 57-58]); the sequence was probably as follows: in the 5th cent. the Cossi [I 20-22]; in the 4th cent. the Scipiones [I 65-85], Rufini [I 62] and Lentuli [I 31-56]; from the 3rd cent. the Dolabellae [I 23-29], Sullae [I 87-90], Blasiones [I 8-10],…


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Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[German version] The etymology and meaning of the term harioli are not clear: harioli is either a diminutive formation of haruspexHaruspices ) or it is derived from Latin ara (‘altar’) [1. 886]. In ancient Rome, persons were referred to as harioli, who were knowledgeable in the various forms of  divination and who told fortunes for private persons. Since the term is always used in a derogatory sense (e.g. Cato Agr. 5,4; Catull. 90,2; in the comedy amongst others Plaut. Cist. 746; Plaut. Men. 76; Plaut. Mostell. 571 and 791; Plaut. …


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Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[German version] (πρόμαντις/ prómantis). Greek term for women or men who spoke oracles on behalf of gods. At Delphi (cf. Apollo), the word prómantis was often used as a synonym for the Pythia [1] (e.g. Hdt. 7,141; Paus. 3,4,3 ff.). In literary sources, the term is also used for prophetic figures of other oracles, e.g. in Patara/Lycia (Hdt. 1,182) and by Lake Copais/Thebes (Hdt. 8,135). No specific forms of divination can be associated with the term prómantis [1. 224 ff.]; however, on various occasions literary reports refer to trance-like states in which the prómantis utters the oracle,…


(730 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen) | Eck, Werner (Cologne) | Schmidt, Peter L. (Constance)
Name of a Latin family which belonged to the upper class in Puteoli (Schulze 480). I. Republican Period [German version] [I 1] Duumvir of Puteoli 78 BC As duumvir of Puteoli, he entered into a dispute with Cornelius [I 90]  Sulla in 78 BC, who was so upset that he died (Val.Max. 9,3,8; Plut. Sulla 37,3). Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) [German version] [I 2] G., Q. Public crier and auctioneer Public crier and auctioneer ( praeco) in the late Republican period (Cicero claims to have known him, Brut. 172). Many anecdotes about his wit and repartee (Cic. De or. 2,244; 28…

Mola salsa

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Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[German version] A mixture of spelt groats and brine that was prepared by the Vestal Virgins (e.g. Varro in Non. 223) and used as a sacrificial offering in Roman cult; in the sacra publica , it was sprinkled on the sacrificial animal by the magistrate or priest as part of the immolatio (cf., for example, Cic. Div. 2,37, Serv. Aen. 2,133 and 4,57). The spelt ears from the new harvest were presented to the Vestal Virgins between the 7th and 14th of May, then dried, pounded and ground. The ground spelt was then made into mola salsa by adding the brine during the Lupercalia and Vestalia (Vesta…

Mountain sanctuaries

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Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen) | Kunz, Heike (Tübingen)
[German version] MS (= sanctuaries on rises or anticlines) were to be found in various ancient civilizations. Among the oldest monuments known to archeology are the so-called fire sanctuaries of Baal in the Near East [1]. It has been assumed that the numerous sanctuaries of the 2nd millennium on Crete were influenced by this tradition [2. 60f.]. More than 20 MS have been found there, identifiable by excavated clay figures and traces of altars. Another form of MS is represented by Greek cult sites of the Classical period (mainland, islands, Asia Minor) on heights outs…


(171 words)

Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[German version] (from dedicare, ‘dedicate/consecrate’). In Latin texts (inscriptions and literature) the most frequent expression for the transfer of objects and property (plots of land, temples, altars, votive offerings) to a divinity. The term was used in connection with private as well as official  dedications (private i.a. Suet. Vit. 7,10,3 and Dig. 24,1,5,12; official i.a. Suet. Tib. 3,40,1 and Dig. 1,8,6,3). The distinction between private and official dedicatio resided in the fact that in the case of official dedication the object or item of property ac…


(544 words)

Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[German version] Verbal noun of consecrare, ‘to dedicate, to declare as sacrum’; a legal act by magistrates -- often together with  pontifices -- in which the consecrated object was withdrawn from worldly/human use. A specifically Roman procedure, since in Roman understanding temples, cult images, altars and cult instruments did not have an ‘autogenous’ sacred quality. A differentiation by content between consecratio and   dedicatio is occasionally alleged for the Republican period (e.g. [1. 399]), but the two terms were used synonymously…


(634 words)

Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[German version] In its oldest source, the   senatus consultum de Bacchanalibus from 186 BC, the Latin word bacchanal is used in the singular to designate a place of cult worship (Schuhmacher, Roman Inscription II 11). In the plural, it designates religious groups and cult rituals (Macrob. Sat. 1,18,1-5). The term bacchanal is based on a cult name of  Bacchus, the Greek Dionysus, or rather his offshoot Pacha, epithet of the Etruscan god Fufluns who was identified with Dionysus [1. 127] (detailed history of the term [6. 24f.]). It is controversial what type of cult place a bacchanal could …


(5,160 words)

Author(s): Elvers, Karl-Ludwig (Bochum) | Bendlin, Andreas (Erfurt) | Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen) | Müller, Christian (Bochum) | Kierdorf, Wilhelm (Cologne) | Et al.
Old Roman nomen gentile, derived from the prename Marcus. Tradition knows of a patrician branch with the (mythical) king Ancus M. [I 3] and Cn. M. Coriolanus as its most important members. The younger members of the family (from the 3rd cent.) were plebeian without a link to the patrician Marcii being evident. Important families included the Rutili, later also the Censorini, Tremuli, Reges and Rallae. In the Late Republic the family claimed descent from the kings Ancus M. and Numa Pompilius (therefore the cognomen Rex, see M. [I 5]; RRC 346; 425; Suet. Iul. 6,1; [4. 154]) as wel…


(275 words)

Author(s): Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH) | Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[German version] One of the Latin terms for sanctuary. Modern and to some extent ancient thinking has the term deriving from the Latin deluere (‘to wash off’, ‘to soak’) (Serv. Aen. 2,225, cf. ThLL, 471 s.v.); the connecting link is to be found in the watering-points at sanctuaries or temple sites where ritual washing took place before performing the sacrifice. The oldest epigraphical evidence is CIL I 1291 (3rd cent. BC ?) from Amiternum, where delubrum refers to the sacred grove of Feronia. In the constitution of Urso from the 1st cent. BC ( magistri ad fana templa delubra [1. 415], l. 6f.) de…


(270 words)

Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen) | Eder, Walter (Bochum)
[English version] (κτίστης). Mit K. (von griech. κτίζειν/ ktízein, “bewohnbar machen, besiedeln” bzw. “gründen, einrichten”) werden (neben archēgétēs und oikistḗs; lat. conditor) im griech. Sprachraum der vorchristl. Zeit Gründer von Städten bezeichnet. In Inschr. der hell. Zeit meint K. als Ehrentitel vielfach auch Gründer/ Stifter von Spielen oder anderen öffentlichen Einrichtungen (vgl. z.B. CIG 2851). Christl. Autoren verwenden K. im Sinne von “Schöpfer(gott)” (der Erde, Flora, Fauna etc.). K. im Sinne von Stadtgründer konnte ein Gott (vor allem Apollon), ei…


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Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[English version] (Pl. Nutrices). Lat. Name weibl. Gottheiten, die zumeist als Ammen Nährerinnen und Schützerinnen göttl. oder menschl. Kinder waren. Es lassen sich drei Bereiche unterscheiden: (1) im Mythos als Amme z.B. von Iuppiter (Amaltheia [1], Ov. fast. 5,127), metonym. als “Nährmutter Erde” (Hor. carm. 1,22); (2) im Kult in und um Poetovio, wo zwei Heiligtümer sowie zahlreiche Weihreliefs und Inschr. an die Nutrices Augustae gefunden wurden [1]; die Ikonographie zeigt sitzende weibl. Gottheiten (einzeln oder als Gruppe), die Kinder stillen oder denen…


(162 words)

Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[English version] (von dedicere, “[ein]weihen”). In den lat. Texten (inschr. und lit.) häufigste Bezeichnung für die Übereignung von Gegenständen und Immobilien (Grundstücke, Tempel, Altäre, Votivgaben) an eine Gottheit. Der Terminus wurde sowohl im Bereich der privaten als auch offiziellen Weihungen verwendet (privat u.a. Suet. Vit. 7,10,3 und Dig. 24,1,5,12; offiziell u.a. Suet. Tib. 3,40,1 und Dig. 1,8,6,3). Der Unterschied zwischen privater und offizieller d. bestand vor allem darin, daß bei der offiziellen Weihung der Gegenstand oder die Immobilie den Status einer res s…


(2,907 words)

Author(s): Berlejung, Angelika (Heidelberg) | Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg) | Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen) | Neudecker, Richard (Rom) | Heimgartner, Martin (Basel)
I. Alter Orient [English version] A. Allgemeines Götterbilder, die als K. fungierten, waren im Vorderen Orient in zentralen Tempeln, peripheren Heiligtümern, Privathäusern und u.U. an Freilicht-Heiligtümern und -Kultnischen anzutreffen. Material, Aussehen und Größe variierten je nach Verwendungskontext und Herkunft. Berlejung, Angelika (Heidelberg) [English version] B. Ägypten Schon in der Frühzeit existierten K. von Göttern. Die anthropomorphen (anthr.), theriomorphen oder mischgestaltigen K. wurden von Handwerkern aus Stein oder Metall od…


(583 words)

Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[English version] Das lat. Wort B. wird in der ältesten Quelle, dem senatus consultum de Bacchanalibus aus dem Jahr 186 v.Chr., im Sing. zur Bezeichnung einer Kultstätte gebraucht (Schuhmacher, Röm. Inschr. II 11). Im Plur. bezeichnet es rel. Gruppen und Kulthandlungen (Macr. sat. 1,18,1-5). Der Begriff B. basiert auf einem Kultnamen des griech. Dionysos, Bakchos bzw. des daraus abgeleiteten Pacha, Epitheton des mit Dionysos gleichgesetzten etr. Gottes Fufluns [1. 127] (ausführlich zur Begri…


(131 words)

Author(s): Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen)
[English version] (πρόμαντις). Griech. Bezeichnung für Frauen oder Männer, die als Sprecher eines Gottes Orakel erteilen. In Delphoi (vgl. Apollon) ist p. häufig Syn. für die Pythia [1] (u. a. Hdt. 7,141; Paus. 3,4,3 ff.). Die Bezeichnung p. wird in lit. Quellen auch für prophetische Personen anderer Orakel gebraucht, so z. B. in Patara/Lykien (Hdt. 1,182) und am Kopaïs-See/Theben (Hdt. 8,135). Mit dem Begriff p. lassen sich keine spezifischen Formen von Divination in Verbindung bringen [1. 224 ff.]; lit. Zeugnisse verweisen jedoch verschiedentlich auf rausc…
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