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p880 Pausarii

Unsigned article on p880 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

PAUSARII, was the name given to the priests of Isis at Rome,a1 because they were accustomed in the processions in honour of Isis to make pauses (pausae) at certain chapels or places, called mansiones, by the road's side, to sing hymns and perform other sacred rites (Orelli, Inscr. n1885; Spartian. Pescen. Nig. 6, Caracall. 9; Salm. ad loc.).

The portisculus, or commander of the rowers in a vessel,a2 was sometimes called pausarius (Sen. Ep. 56), because the rowers began and ceased (pausa) their strokes according to his commands. [Portisculus.]


Thayer's Note:

a1 a2 priests of Isis, commander of the rowers: Orelli's collection of Roman inscriptions was a precursor of the Inscriptiones Latinae Selectae (ILS). The Web equivalent of Smith's mentioning Orelli would be for me to send you to a sample inscription of each type of pausarius; and for a while, I did: then the corpus online disappeared, having been, apparently, a tease to get us to visit some commercial website. It's back to the print library for all of us, then.


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