pomerium

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From Latin pōmoerium, pōmērium ‎(the religious boundary of a city), which word being either formed as post ‎(behind) + moerus, mūrus ‎(wall) + -ium (neuter form of -ius, adjectival suffix) or derived from Etruscan.[1]

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pomerium ‎(plural pomeria)

  1. (historical, Roman Empire)[1] The tract of land denoting the formal, sacral ambit of a Roman city.[1]
    • 1997: Lvcivs Annaevs Seneca, C. D. N. Costa (translator), On the Shortness of Life, page 22 (2004 reprinted selection; Penguin Books — Great Ideas; ISBN 978‒0‒141‒01881‒2)
      But to return to the point from which I digressed, and to illustrate how some people spend useless efforts on these same topics, the man I referred to reported that Metellus in his triumph, after conquering the Carthaginians in Silicy, alone among all the Romans had 120 elephants led before his chariot, and that Sulla was the last of the Romans to have extended the pomerium, which it was the ancient practice to extend after acquiring Italian, but never provincial territory. Is it better to know this than to know that the Aventine Hill, as he asserted, is outside the pomerium for one of two reasons, either because the plebs withdrew to it or because when Remus took the auspices there the birds had not been favourable – and countless further theories that are either false or very close to lies?
      ⋆ The religious boundary of a city.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 pomerium, n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [draft revision, June 2008]

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pōmērium n ‎(genitive pōmēriī); second declension

  1. bounds, limits, especially the space either side of town walls left free of buildings

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative pōmērium pōmēria
genitive pōmēriī pōmēriōrum
dative pōmēriō pōmēriīs
accusative pōmērium pōmēria
ablative pōmēriō pōmēriīs
vocative pōmērium pōmēria