Flamen Dialis


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Lamen Dialis, the priest of Jupiter, and the most distinguished of the flamines, was constantly on duty, nor could leave the city for a single night. He was distinguished by an attendant lictor, by the curule chair, and the toga preatexta. The flamen dialis was not forbidden to use either of wine of flour.

There is a gold coin of the Cornelia gens, on which the heads of Bacchus and Ceres are joined, and a cornucopiae placed beside them, the shew that the flamen dialis greatly venerated those deities. The coin referred to bears on its reverse the name of SER LENTVL (Servius Lentulus), and a representation of the Ancilia, or sacred shields, which were entrusted to the special custody of the flamen dialis. And this gold piece, which is engraved amongst the nummi consulares, in Morell. Thesaur. (Tab |iv| No. 2), appears to be the only one, in the whole range of Roman numismatic monuments, which alludes, and that by implication only, to the highly privileged priest of Jupiter.

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