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(flā`mĕn), in Roman religion, one of 15 priests, each concerned with the cult of a particular deity. The most honored were those dedicated to Jupiter, Mars, and Quirinus.
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in ancient Rome, a priest devoted to the service of a particular deity of the Roman pantheon. The flamines comprised three elder priests (majores), elected from among the patricians and serving Jupiter, Mars, and Quirinus, and 12 younger priests (minores), elected from among the plebeians and serving 12 gods, including Vulcan, Pomona, and Flora. They held their posts for life and enjoyed special rights and privileges. During the imperial epoch, the number of flamines increased, and priests were assigned to the cult of deified emperors.

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(85) Scabinale protocollen, Peeter Flamen: 'Wat seyt hy, wat seyt hy.'
He passed over Plutarch's account of the plebeians' retreat to Mons Sacer outside Rome and began with a street dot instead; nevertheless, he would have found the connection between the plebeians, Anna Perenna, and the flamens sufficiently strong to give him a detail for his Roman welcome of Coriolanus.
also the quarrel between the two consuls of 131, one of whom was pontifex maximus, the other flamen Martalis, over which of them should command the war against Aristonicus in Asia Minor; a vote of the assembly, not sortition, settled the matter (Cic.
Might one of them have been L(ucius) Papirius, flamen augustalis from the province of Lusitania, who in the time of Tiberius, dedicated an inscription, Divo Augusto, in Conimbriga (Etienne and Fabre, 1976: 51-52)?
(52) Many letters feature discussions of words, especially archaic Latin, in which Fronto and his student were both passionately interested, as for example, Marcus's discussion of the Hernican word for the head covering worn by a flamen at Anagnia (Ad M.
The seventh and eighth lines of the Kyrie 5 trope read Consolator pie flamen quoque alme vivifice / Patris natique qui es summus amor deus luciflue.
hic ius pontificale quibusdam videtur subtiliter tangere: domus enim, in qua pontifex habitat, regia dicitur, quod in ea rex sacrificulus habitare consuesset, sicut flaminia domus, in qua flamen habitat, dicebatur: quod hic ostendit ex persona Evandri, quem facit orantem ut Aeneas suam ingrederetur domum, non utique profanam, sed sacratam, scilicet quae fuerit hospitium Herculis, illis versibus `haec, inquit, limina victor Alcides subiit, haec illum regia cepit'.
Tritium certainly had citizens well-connected enough to produce a flamen of the provincial imperial cult, T.
The wife of Flamen Dialis, the flaminica, in one of her ritual aspects, was regarded as a perpetual bride, nova nupta (cf.