One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural flamines, Plural flamensRoman History
A priest serving a particular deity.
- ‘Mark Antony was designated his flamen.’
- ‘If these men had such a king as this, who, while self-indulgent, should lay no severe restraint on them, they would more enthusiastically consecrate to him a temple and a flamen than the ancient Romans did to Romulus.’
- ‘He created a new priest, the flamen Iulialis, to supervise the cult of the deified Julius Caesar, just as Numa had created the flamen Quirinalis for the worship of Romulus as a god after his death.’
- ‘An inscription recounts that the bridge was built as a bequest in his will by one Flavos, a Romanized Gaulish aristocrat who was a flamen of the Imperial Cult of Rome and Augustus.’
- ‘There follows a period of Lent and abstinences: no marriage is performed in this period, the flaminica, wife of the flamen Dialis, is not allowed to have intercourse with her husband.’
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