Proceedings of the Classical Association Volume 5

Proceedings of the Classical Association Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...expressed by the nominative domus, it can be felt in some degree in the familiar domi. The earliest Roman historical house (I am not here concerned with anything earlier) was really a home. In one sense it was even more a home than ours; the family was, as with us, the basis of society, but by family we have to understand not only the head of the household with his wife, children, and slaves, sometimes perhaps also the families of his sons, but the divine beings who dwelt in the house. As the city-state comprised both human and divine inhabitants, so also did the house, the germ and type of the city. In it was contained all that was dear to the family, all that was essential to its life, both natural and supernatural. And the natural and supernatural elements of home life were inseparably bound up with each other; the head of the family with his Genius; the hearth-fire and the cooking with Vesta; the store-cupboard and its meal with the Penates; and, as now seems probable, the Lor familiaris with the arable land which supported the life of the family. The worship of the slave was confined to the Lar; but the other members of the familia had priestly duties to perform towards all the deities of the domus, which itself was a sacred place. The real presence of these spirits survived by tradition even into the Augustan age, though no doubt the beautiful idea of the common life of human and divine beings was then practically lost. Ovid1 could write: Ante focoe lolim scamnis considere longis Mot erat, et mensae credere adesse deoa. Cicero2 is not merely rhetorical when in pleading the cause of his own lost house before the pontifices he exclaims: "What is more holy, what more entirely protected by religious feeling, than the house of each...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236806948
  • 9781236806949