a public slave … who stands behind or near the triumphator to remind

‘Triumphator’ refers to people such as Caesar who held victory triumphs in Rome. The slave stood behind him during the procession.

The very few accounts of a public slave … who stands behind or near the triumphator to remind him that he “is but mortal” or prompts him to “look behind” … they imply a tradition that whatever his kingly appearance, temporary godlike status or divine associations, the triumphing general was publicly reminded of his mortal nature. see Beard, pp. 272–5.

[ My intention with my blog is to simply collect articles of interest to me for purposes of future reference. I do my best to indicate who has actually composed the articles. NONE of the articles have been written by me. – Louis Sheehan ]

Posted but not written by: Lou Sheehan

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