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Crossing the PomeriumThe Boundaries of Political, Religious, and Military Institutions from Caesar to Constantine$
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Michael Koortbojian

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691195032

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691195032.001.0001

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Antiquarian Reconstructions and Living Realities

(p.1) Introduction
Crossing the Pomerium

Michael Koortbojian

Princeton University Press

This introductory chapter briefly discusses the baffling history of the pomerium. The pomerium, as a fundamental feature of Rome's political topography, was especially confounding for Roman antiquarians seeking to study the origins of Rome and its institutions. Its religious role lived on, cultivated by the priesthoods—the augurs and the pontiffs—charged with its related rituals. But the realities that accompanied Rome's growth from the Romulean foundation to the caput mundi rendered much of the surviving lore that surrounded the city's mythic past incommensurate with early imperial life in the urbs. The sheer scale of the city thus challenged one's belief in so many of the stories about its formation and its growth.

Keywords:   Roman history, pomerium, antiquarian reconstructions, Roman antiquarians, Roman priesthoods, lived realities

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