from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In classical antiquity, a sacrifice in the nature of a feast, at which the Greeks and Romans placed images of the gods reclining on couches around tables furnished with viands, as if they were about to partake of them.


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  • Round and round the room they paraded it, with more ceremony than the twelve gods are accorded at a lectisternium.

    The First Man in Rome

  • By order of the Sibylline books, in 399 B.C., the first _lectisternium_ was held in Rome to combat

    Outlines of Greek and Roman Medicine

  • The armies being disbanded, whilst there was both peace abroad, and tranquillity at home by reason of the concord of the different orders, lest matters might be too happy, a pestilence having attacked the state, compelled the senate to order the decemvirs to inspect the Sibylline books, and by their suggestion a lectisternium took place.

    The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08

  • This year, the fifth time since the building of the city, the lectisternium was performed at Rome for procuring the favour of the same deities to whom it was addressed before.

    The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08

  • For not to enumerate all the sacred rites severally and all the gods, whether in the banquet of Jupiter can the lectisternium be performed in any other place, save in the Capitol?

    The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08

  • The duumvirs for the direction of religious matters, the lectisternium being then for the first time introduced into the city of

    The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08

  • On the day they entered office the consuls, in pursuance of the senate's resolution, visited all the shrines in which there was usually a lectisternium for the greater part of the year, offered sacrifices of the larger victims and learned from the omens given by them that their prayers were accepted by the gods.

    The History of Rome, Vol. VI

  • Whilst a lectisternium was going on in the public shrines the deities on their couches turned away their heads from the offerings set before them, and the coverlet with the covers of the dishes set before Jupiter fell from the table.

    The History of Rome, Vol. VI

  • Nothing worth mentioning took place, except that in order to secure the peace of the gods a lectisternium was instituted, the third since the foundation of the City.

    The History of Rome, Vol. II

  • When these instructions had been carried out the decemvirs sacrificed full-grown victims in the forum at Ardea, and finally in the middle of December there was a sacrifice at the Temple of Saturn, a lectisternium was ordered (the senators prepared the couch), and a public banquet.

    The History of Rome, Vol. III


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