Titii

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The Titii (properly Titii sodales, later Titienses, Sacerdotes Titiales Flaviales) was a college (sodalitas) of Roman priests, which originally represented the Italic tribe of Sabines. The college was supposed to have been established either by Titus Tatius to superintend and preserve the Titienses, one of the three original "tribes" (tribus) in the Regal period,[1] or by Romulus in honour of king Tatius, who after his death was worshipped as a god.[2] During the Republic the Titii are no longer mentioned,[dubious ] as the cults of all Italic tribes became gradually united into Roman religion.[3]

The Titii were restored under the Empire, but their functions were changed to conduct the worship of an emperor, like those of Sodales Augustales.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tacitus, Annals I. 54
  2. ^ Tacit. Hist. II. 95
  3. ^ Ambrosch, Studien u. Andeut., p. 192