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Gruter (316. 2) ; and in this city there was a mag­nificent temple to Augustus (SegaorTeiov, Augus-tale). We find mention of augustalia in numerous other places, as Pergamus, Nicomedia, &c.

AUGUSTALES, the name of two classes of priests, one at Rome and the other in the muni-cipia, frequently mentioned in inscriptions.

I. The Augustales at Rome, properly called so-dales Augustales^ which is the name they always bear in inscriptions, were an order of priests (Augus-talium sacerdotiuin) instituted by Tiberius to attend to the worship of Augustus and the Julia gens. They were chosen by lot from among the principal persons of Rome, and were twenty one in number, to which were added Tiberius, Drusus, Claudius, and Germanicus, as members of the imperial family. (Tacit, i. 54.) They were also called sacerdotes Augustales (Tacit. Ann. ii. 83) ; and sometimes simply Augustales. (Tacit. Hist. ii. 95.) Similar priests were appointed to attend to the worship of other emperors after their decease ; and wfi accordingly find in inscriptions mention made ©f the sodales Flavii^ Hadrianales, Aeliani^ Anto-nini^ &c. It appears that the flamines Augustales ought to be distinguished from the sodales Augus­tales. We find that flamines and sacerdotes were appointed, in the lifetime of Augustus, to attend to his worship ; but we have the express statements pf Suetonius and Dion Cassius that this worship was confined to the provinces, and was not prac­tised in Rome, or in any part of Italy, during the lifetime of Augustus, (Tacit. Ann. i. 10 ; Suet Aug. 52 ; Dion Cass. Ii, 20-.) Women even were appointed priestesses of Augustus, as appears from an inscription in Gruter (320. 10) : this practice probably took its origin from the appointment of Livia, by a decree of the senate, to be priestess to her deceased husband. (Dion Cass. Ivi. 46.) It seems probable that the sodales Augustales were entrusted with the management of the worship; but that the flamines Augustales were the persons who actually offered the sacrifices and performed the other sacred rites. A member of the sodales Augustales was sometimes a flamen also (Orelli, Jnscrip. 2366, 2368) ; and it is not improbable that the flamines were appointed by the sodales.

II. The Augustales in the municipia are sup­posed by most modern writers, in consequence of the statement of the scholiast on Horace (Sat. ii. 3. 281), to have been a class of priests selected by Augustus from the libertini to attend to the religious rites cbnnected with the worship of the Lares, which that emperor was said to have put up in places where two or more ways met. (Orelli, Inscrip. vol. ii. p. 197.) But A. W. Zumpt, in an excellent essay on this subject, brings forward good reasons for rejecting this opinion, [Compar. compitalia.] He thinks it much more probable that this order of priests was instituted in the municipia in imita­tion of the Augustales at Rome, and for the same object, namely, to attend to the worship of Augustus. From the numerous inscriptions in which they are mentioned, we learn the following facts respecting them. They formed a collegium and \vere ap­pointed by the decuriones^ or senate of the muni­cipia. They were generally libertini, which is easily accounted for by the fact, that none but the freeborn (ingenui), could obtain admission into the curia of the municipia; and as there seem to have been many expences connected with the discharge of the duties of the Augustales, the decuriones


would not be anxious to obtain this distinction, while the libertini on the contrary, who were generally a wealthy class and were not invested with any honour, would naturally covet it. The Augustales ranked next in dignity to the decu­riones; and as they were mostly men of property, they came in course of time to form a middle class between the decuriones and plebs, like the eques­trian order at Rome. Thus, in the inscriptions of many municipia, we find the decuriones, Augus­tales, and plebs, mentioned together as the three classes into which the community was divided. The six principal members of the college were called Sevirii a title which seems to have been imitated from the Seviri in the equestrian order at Rome. (Egger, Examen Critique des Historiens anciens de la Vie et du Rcgne d^Auyuste, Paris, 1844, Appendix II., treats of the Augustales ; but see especially A. W. Zumpt, De Augustalibus et Seviris Augustalibus Commentatio Epigraphica., Berol. 1846.)

AUGUSTUS, a name bestowed upon Octa-vianus in b. c. 27, by the senate and the Roman people. It was a word used in connection with religion, and designated a person as sacred and worthy of worship ; hence the Greek writers trans­late it by ^egatTTos. (Dion Cass. liii. 16, 18 ; Suet. Aug. 7 ; Veil. Pat. ii. 91 ; Flor. iv. 12 ; Oros. vi. 20 ; Censorin. 22 ; O. Fast. i. 607.) It was not a title indicative of power, but simply a surname ; and is hence called by Suetonius (Tib. 26) nomen hereditarium. It was, however, borne not only by Tiberius and the other emperors con­nected with the family of Augustus, but was like­wise adopted by all succeeding emperors, as if descended, either by birth or adoption, from tha first emperor of the Roman world (in ejus nomen velut quadam adoptione aut jure hereditario succe-d&re, Lamprid. Alex. Sever. 10). The name of Augusta was frequently bestowed upon females of the imperial family, the first instance of which occurs in the case of Livia, who received this title upon her adoption into the Julia gens on the death of her husband Octavianus (Tac. Ann. i. 8) ; but Augustus belonged exclusively to the reigning em­peror till towards the end of the second century of the Christian aera, when M. Aurelius and L. Verus both received this surname (Spartian. Ael. Verus, 5, M. Ant. Pliil. 7). From this time we frequently find two or even a greater number of Augi&tij and though in that and in all similar cases' the persons honoured with the title were regarded as participators of the imperial power, still the one who received the title first was looked upon as the head of the empire. When there were two Au­gust! we find on coins and inscriptions A V G G, and when three A V G G G. From the time of Probus the title became perpetuus Augustus^ and from Philippus or Claudius Gothicus semper Au-gustus, the latter of Which titles was borne by the so-called Roman emperors in Germany. (Eckhel, vol. viii. p. 354, &c.) [caesar.]

AVIARIUM. [agricultura, p. 68, b.]

AULA. [domus.]


AUREUS. [aurum.]

AURFGA. [circus.]

AURUM (xpvo-6s), gold. The remarks made under argentum apply to a great extent to gold as well as silver, and the sources of information respecting both the precious metals are specified in

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