Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Among the ancient Romans, a small shrine in private houses where the Lares were kept and worshiped.
“Even little details of daily life -- a wooden toy doll from childhood, a lararium (household shrine) with its effigies of family ancestors, a phallic amulet worn as protection against evil -- are based on Roman artifacts.”
“Christ Himself, and the Emperor Alexander Severus [A.D. 222-235] placed the figure of Christ in his lararium alongside of those of Abraham,”
“A tolerant Roman, like Alexander Severus, set statues of Apollonius, Christ, Abraham, Orpheus, "and others of that sort," in his lararium; and many today are inclined to make a similar religious combination.”
“Sometimes incense might be added, and later a libation of wine: when images had become common, the little statuettes of Lares and Penates would be fetched from the shrine (_lararium_) and placed upon the table in token of their presence at the meal.”
“He placed in his private oratory (lararium) images of Abraham and Christ before those of other renowned persons, like Orpheus and Apollonius of Tyana (Vita Alex., xxix); he tolerated the free exercise of the Christian faith”
“Alexander placed in his lararium the images of Abraham and Christ.”
“Armed with all these necessaries, he made his way back to the lararium without again crossing the peristylium where the soldiers were assembled.”
“In the lararium, O praefect," replied the soldier without hesitation.”
“With the proclamation of pardon rolled up tightly and hidden within the folds of his tunic, Taurus Antinor led the way out of the lararium.”
“First of all, the Roman emperors gave plenty of liberty to the new religion from time to time; and some of them, moved by a sort of religious syncretism, even tried to ally it with the official worship of the empire, and to place Christ and Jupiter on the steps of the same _lararium_.”
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