Rituals and Ceremonial

Caillan Davenport, Matthew B. Roller, Fanny Dolansky

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    The texts and images in this chapter illustrate events involving the Roman imperial court that can be regarded as rituals. These included regular occurrences that took place on a daily or near-daily basis, such as the salutatio, dinners, and religious sacrifices. They also included special occasions like festivals, diplomatic receptions, lavish banquets, and the acclamation of a new emperor. Some of these events occurred in court spaces, and involved a wide cross-section of the court community. These ceremonies functioned as displays of consensus among members of the court community, as their actions demonstrated shared values and expectations. Others did not consistently take place in court spaces, but merit inclusion here because they involved key members of the court community. The sources show how the rules and expectations of these rituals were subject to modification both by emperors and courtiers, who experimented with new types of address, greeting, and physical contact.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Roman Emperor and his Court c. 30 BC–c. AD 300 (Volume 2)
    EditorsBenjamin Kelly, Angela Hug
    Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    ISBN (Print)9781009063814
    Publication statusPublished - 2022


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