If there had been a record in the books of the pontifices, it is impossible to imagine that he was not aware of it.
I delivered a speech before the pontifices on the 29th of September.
The pontifices had the general oversight of religious observances.
The oversight of the manner of worship was the special duty of the pontifices.
The pontifices of old Rome suppressed the records of their religion on purpose, as well as those of new Rome.
Like the pontifices, the augurs also had their books, libri augurales.
Whether it was to be inserted or not depended on the pontifices, who kept their secret jealously.
Senes must be so taken in 22, since pontifices etc. cannot stand as adjectives.
Romani pontifices apostolicam bibliothecam magno studio amplificant atque illustrant.
The augurs and pontifices were the public men and statesmen, and they made religion a State function.
member of the supreme college of priests in ancient Rome, 1570s, from Latin pontifex "high priest, chief of the priests," probably from pont-, stem of pons "bridge" (see pons) + -fex, -ficis, root of facere "make" (see factitious). If so, the word originally meant "bridge-maker," or "path-maker."
Weekley points out that, "bridge-building has always been regarded as a pious work of divine inspiration." Or the term may be metaphoric of bridging the earthly world and the realm of the gods. Other suggestions trace it to Oscan-Umbrian puntis "propitiary offering," or to a lost Etruscan word, in either case altered by folk etymology to resemble the Latin for "bridge-maker." In Old English, pontifex is glossed in the Durham Ritual (Old Northumbrian dialect) as brycgwyrcende "bridge-maker."