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List of ancient Roman priests (names) - PDF Download

Prieure de Sion

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Information about famous personalities at the time of the Roman Republic - or later - about Roman emperors and their relatives can be found very often and usually a lot. It is more difficult to research less well-known people from the second row. Particularly in the times of the Republic, there is not much to be found on such persons.

I have received a small PDF list that may fill another gap here - names of priests from the time of the Republic and the Roman Empire. The PDF is available for free download.

It is in German, but you can search for the name in the PDF using the full text search - and if you find a hit, you can have the text translated.






The history of religion is always also a history of people who lead colleges, make decisions about building projects, crisis rituals or property relations, as well as about the application of rules and the interpretation of texts. In Rome, it was often the high magistrates who filled priestly positions; prominent religious functionaries such as Christian bishops gained political power. This encyclopaedia offers over 800 short biographies of influential religious specialists in ancient Rome between the 3rd century B.C. and the 5th century A.D. Listed are all pontifices maximi (and thus emperors), vestales maximae and episcopi, but also all consuls for whom a priesthood can be proven. Special emphasis is placed on the chronological classification of the priesthoods in the political career and on the documentation of activities that seem to be motivated by the religious function. References and a detailed list of sources round off the volume.



Religionsgeschichte ist immer auch eine Geschichte von Personen, die Kollegien leiten, Entscheidungen über Bauvorhaben, Krisenrituale oder Eigentumsverhältnisse sowie über die Anwendung von Regeln und die Auslegung von Texten treffen. In Rom waren es oft die hohen Magistrate, die Priesterstellen besetzten, herausgehobene religiöse Funktionäre wie christliche Bischöfe gewannen politische Macht. Dieses Lexikon bietet über 800 Kurzbiographien einflussreicher religiöser Spezialisten im antiken Rom zwischen dem 3. Jh. v.Chr. und dem 5. Jh. n.Chr. Aufgeführt sind alle Pontifices maximi (und damit Kaiser), Vestales maximae und Episcopi, aber auch alle Konsuln, für die ein Priesteramt nachweisbar ist. Besonderer Wert wird auf die chronologische Einordnung der Priesterämter in die politische Karriere gelegt und auf die Dokumentation von Aktivitäten, die durch die religiöse Funktion motiviert scheinen. Literaturhinweise und ein ausführliches Quellenverzeichnis runden den Band ab.

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