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Title: Aeris miraculum: magia dei metalli nella tradizione dei Servilii?
Authors: De Franzoni, Annalisa
Keywords: TriensServiliGentilician cultsPrivate religionDivination
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2016
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Annalisa De Franzoni, “Aeris miraculum: magia dei metalli nella tradizione dei Servilii?”, in: "Sacrum facere. Atti del III Seminario di Archeologia del Sacro. Lo spazio del ‘sacro’: ambienti e gesti del rito.” a cura di Federica Fontana ed Emanuela Murgia, Trieste, 3-4 ottobre 2014", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2016, pp. 375-395
Series/Report no.: Polymnia: Collana di Scienze dell'Antichità. Studi di Archeologia
The paper reconsiders the religious tradition of the triens sacer of familia Servilia as told by Pliny the
Elder. According to the literary source, the family owned a triens which they worshipped with ritual
ceremonies once a year. The acceptance of the offers would have been represented by a miracolous
growth in size of the holy object, also symbolising the fatum of the Servilii in terms of honour. On
the contrary, any dimensional reduction would have meant a bad omen for the family.
The so called ‘Servilian triens’ has been often interpreted as a numinous piece of bronze to which the
Servilii worshipped their own gentilician cult. Some aspects of this misterious ritual as the origin
and the choice of the triens still remain unresolved.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-679-8
ISSN: 978-88-8303-680-4
Appears in Collections:Polymnia. Studi di archeologia n.07

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