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Links of Subject: TemplumList of used abbreviations:
Hor Book II Chapter 56: The Publilian Law
Hor Book III Chapter 17: Speech of Publius Valerius.
Note regarding Templum:|
In taking auspices, the augur or magistrate marked out a rectangular space by noting certain objects, trees or what not, within which the desired signs were to appear, and tracing a corresponding area mentally in the sky. The spot where he took his station, the auguraculum, was also a small rectangular space; each of these was called a "templum." All important magisterial acts were preceded by auspices, and the word "templum" was extended to denote the position occupied by the magistrate, such as the senate-house, the platform from which the Assembly was addressed, etc.