Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plural of flamen.

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Examples

  • There were three major flamines: Dialis (Jupiter); Quirinalis (Quirinus); and Martialis (Mars).

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • Caesar turned aside to the bronze tripod holding a bowl of water and washed his hands; so did the Pontifex Maximus (Metellus Pius the Piglet), the Rex Sacrorum (Lucius Claudius), and the other two major flamines, Martialis (the Princeps Senatus, Lucius Valerius Flaccus) and Quirinalis (a new appointee, Mamercus).

    Fortune's Favorites

  • As in old time we read that there were eight-and-twenty flamines and archflamines in the south part of this isle, and so many great cities under their jurisdiction, so in these our days there is but one or two fewer, and each of them also under the ecclesiastical regiment of some one bishop or archbishop, who in spiritual cases have the charge and oversight of the same.

    Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)

  • Ancus, having committed the care of sacred things to the flamines and other priests, set out with a new army, which he had levied, and took Politorium, a city of the Latins, by storm; and following the example of former kings, who had increased the Roman state by taking enemies into the number of the citizens, he transplanted all the people to Rome.

    The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08

  • To him he added two other flamines, one for Mars, another for Quirinus.

    The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08

  • A college of Luperci, with the surname Juliani, was instituted in his honour and _flamines_ were created as priests of his godhead.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • Among the flamines or priests of particular gods, were, 1st. _flamen dialis_ the priest of Jupiter.

    Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology For Classical Schools (2nd ed)

  • In later times the _flamines_ still retain their original character, the _pontifices_ and especially the _pontifex maximus_ are responsible for the whole organisation of the state-religion and are the guardians and interpreters of religious lore.

    The Religion of Ancient Rome

  • In the first place, they are not a caste apart: though there were restrictions as to the holding of secular magistracies in combination with the priesthood -- always observed strictly in the case of the _rex sacrorum_ and with few exceptions in the case of the greater _flamines_ -- yet the

    The Religion of Ancient Rome

  • AS in old time we read that there were eight-and-twenty flamines and archflamines in the south part of this isle, and so many great cities under their jurisdiction, so in these our days there is but one or two fewer, and each of them also under the ecclesiastical regiment of some one bishop or archbishop, who in spiritual cases have the charge and oversight of the same.

    Of Cities and Towns in England. Chapter II. [1577, Book II., Chapter 7; 1587, Book II., Chapter 13

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