from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among the ancient Romans, a small shrine in private houses where the Lares were kept and worshiped.


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  • 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.

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  • Christ Himself, and the Emperor Alexander Severus [A.D. 222-235] placed the figure of Christ in his lararium alongside of those of Abraham,

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Alexander placed in his lararium the images of Abraham and Christ.

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  • Armed with all these necessaries, he made his way back to the lararium without again crossing the peristylium where the soldiers were assembled.

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  • "In the lararium, O praefect," replied the soldier without hesitation.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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