Pietas: Selected Studies in Roman Religion (Studies in Greek by H Wagenvoort

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22 'Orcus , SMSR 14 (1938) 33ff. Ill PROFÄNUS, PROFÄNÄRE Anyone who scours the dictionaries in the desire to learn the real meaning of the verb profanare can hardly avoid finding himself befogged. Ernout and Meillet seek to distinguish two homonymous verbs, one derived from the adjective prof anus and meaning the same as English 'desecrate', the other derived from pro fänö and meaning 'sacrifice', 'consecrate' (sacrificare, consecrare). Against them Walde-Hofmann is convinced that there is only one verb, the original meaning of which was 'to sacrifice', but refers us to Danielsson's theory (Eranos 3 (1898)58) that the verb did mean ' 'to sacrifice' but had originally been confined to 'abstracting the human share of the victim" as opposed to 'pollücere , 'to offer the 0£O[xopLa' or divine share.

X I I I Phil. 20, 46ff. PIETAS 10 Two questions immediately arise: what is the cause, and what the significance, of this phenomenon? I shall try and provide an answer to both. We know that during the second civil war which raged between Pompey and Caesar from 49 to 46 Cicero, after much deliberation, openly committed himself in favour of Pompey's party. After Pompey had been defeated decisively Cicero was pardoned by Caesar and even treated with honour. But his active energy had been completely crushed.

Sab. ap. Macr. 1, 10, 8; cf. Plin. H. 3, 65; Solin. 1, 6. Rosch. Lex. 4, 823. 17 Op. cit. 115. 18 Cf. E. Tabeling, RE 4 A 1997. 19 Wissowa, R. u. 2 233ff. 20 R. R. G. 1, I4ff. 21 Though I still think the word mundus less appropriate, in this respect I must correct what I wrote in the discussion quoted in the next note p. 56. 16 DIVA ANGERONA 24 were once frequent in Italy. 22 Therefore I ask, what is to prevent us believing that Angerona presided over those * anger a, or angustiae, or 'narrows', 'through which death is reached' (Sen.

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