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  • As regards the title Pontifex Maximus, especially in its application to the pope, there was further a reminiscence of the dignity attached to that title in pagan Rome.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • So Livia Drusilla undertook the tour Divus Julius had made when he assumed the title of Pontifex Maximus, was shown the many racks of vellum upon which the details of a will were entered, led upstairs to see the staggering number of pigeonholes, downstairs to the basement, and through the storage facilities on the ground floor.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Pope Sixtus IV, Pope from 1471-1484, tried to make good on the ancient title Pontifex Maximus which Christian Pontiffs had adopted from Roman high priests.

    Praise & Blame for the Eternal City at

  • The terms Pontifex Maximus, Summus Pontifex, were doubtless originally employed with reference to the Jewish high-priest, whose place the Christian bishops were regarded as holding each in his own diocese (I Clement 40).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Pontifex may come from the Latin words for bridge [pons] (or an Etruscan word for road) +maker [from facio]. Ancient / Classical History

  • The Roman Emperor was called Pontifex Maximus, because he presided over civil and ecclesiastical affairs; which, is the first beast that persecuted the Christians that separated from the Established religion, which they call the holy religion of their forefathers; and by their law, fined, whipped, imprisoned and killed such as refused obedience thereto.

    The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut

  • The high-priest of the Pagan religions was called Pontifex Maximus, and he claimed spiritual and temporal authority over the affairs of men.

    The Revelation Explained

  • The high priest of the pagan religion was called Pontifex Maximus, and he claimed spiritual and temporal authority over men.

    The Last Reformation

  • And hence man in the general may properly be called Pontifex, or "The Bridge Builder"; and his symbolic summits of office will carry some such title.

    On Something

  • Gratian did not choose to be called Pontifex Maximus, or chief priest of all the Roman idols, as all the Emperors had been; and this offended many persons.

    Young Folks' History of Rome


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