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 p880  Pausarii

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

PAUSA′RII, was the name given to the priests of Isis at Rome, 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. n. 1885; Spartian. Pescen. Nig. 6, Caracall. 9; Salm. ad loc.).

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


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