pontifex maximus


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pontifex maximus

(pŏn`tĭfĕks măk`sĭməs), highest priest of Roman religion and official head of the college of pontifices. As the chief administrator of religious affairs he regulated the conduct of religious ceremonies, consecrated temples and other holy places, and controlled the calendar. During the time of the empire, and until Christianity became firmly established, the emperor was designated pontifex maximus. After the supremacy of Christianity, the popes assumed the title.
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Caesar, his calendar, and his deification are all being causally linked, and we learn now that it was for the attack on him as Pontifex Maximus (implying the calendrical reforms he undertook in that role), that his son Caesar demonstrated pietas and exacted revenge (705-10).
Despite the lacunae which render parts of the note very difficult, the fundamental points can be understood: Vergil here is referring to the Regia, the building in the Roman Forum, at the bottom of the Palatine, where Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome lived until he bequeathed it to the Pontifex Maximus.
Into the resulting power vacuum stepped the new pontifex maximus - the pope.
6 Ticci, 7:163v: "Iulius interea pontifex maximus .
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Mais la signification de faits comme l'abandon officiel du paganisme par l'Etat imperial, lorsque Theodose refusa, lors de son avenement, le manteau bleu de Pontifex Maximus (fait qui n'est d'ailleurs pas mentionne), et l'importance du partage de l'Empire entre ses fils a sa mort en 395, passent inapercus dans l'esprit de ce contemporain des mutations majeures pour l'histoire de ce siecle.
1) Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, the son of Drusus, pontifex maximus, in his twelfth year of tribunician power, consul for the fifth time, imperator 27 times, father of his country, saw to it that, at his own expense, the aqua Claudia be brought from the 45th milestone, from the springs which are called Caeruleus and Curtius, and too the Anio Novus be brought from the 62nd milestone into the city of Rome.