- (in ancient Rome) a priest.
Origin of flamen
Examples from the Web for flamen
Livia, priestess of the deified Augustus; Germanicus was his flamen.
In any case the Flamen was not in any special sense priest of Iup.The Religious Experience of the Roman People
W. Warde Fowler
Quintus Claudius, the son of the Flamen, has insulted me mortally.Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2
Suetonius (Csar, 1) says that Csar was designated (destinatus) flamen.History of Julius Caesar Vol. 1 of 2
Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
The Flamen Dialis, or priest of Jupiter, had a life burdened with etiquette.Ten Great Religions
James Freeman Clarke
- (in ancient Rome) any of 15 priests who each served a particular deity
Word Origin and History for flamen
"ancient Roman priest," 1530s, from Latin flamen, of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *bhlad- "to worship" (cf. Gothic blotan, Old English blotan "to sacrifice"). Also used from early 14c. in reference to the ancient pre-Christian British priests, in imitation of Geoffrey of Monmouth.