Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Enemy of the Gods - Glossary

  • Aedilis—an official in charge of temples, public buildings and festivals
  • Amphora—a large stoneware jar used to carry cargo on a ship
  • Aurei—plural of aureus
  • Aureus—a gold Roman coin
  • Centurion—a Roman “commander of 100” having approximately 100 soldiers under him
  • Christiani—plural of Christianus
  • Christianus—Latin for Christian
  • Christus—Latin for Christ
  • Codex—the earliest form of book, made of animal-skin pages sewn together and handwritten on. The first codices appear to be made by the early Christians to contain the writings of the Apostles
  • Decanus—a Roman “commander of ten,” usually having eight soldiers under him
  • Denarius—a silver Roman coin, the most common. Its silver content was gradually replaced with baser metals until it only had half the silver it originally contained.
  • Forum—the central marketplace area of a Roman city where the main public buildings stood
  • Iesus—Latin for Jesus
  • Lictor—an honor guard for a high Roman official
  • Lycaonians—the ancient natives of Lycia
  • Lycia—an area on the south coast of Asia Minor towards the west
  • Magistrate—a judge or city official
  • Modia—plural of modius
  • Modius—a Roman unit of dry measure, about 9 ¼ quarts, sometimes translated as a “measure.”
  • Nabataean—a person from an Arab nation that lived just southwest of the Dead sea in the first century. They were known for being a center of trade.
  • Proconsul—a governor of a Roman province
  • Rhetoric—the skill of public speaking, usually to persuade someone to an opinion
  • Sarcophagi—plural of sarcophagus
  • Sarcophagus—a stone box within a tomb, made to contain a dead body
  • Urn—a stoneware container used to hold the ashes of a dead person

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