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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Definitions for fetial

  1. Concerned with declarations of war and treaties of peace.

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Citations for fetial
When a just and rightful war was declared upon a foreign enemy—and were there any other kinds of wars?—a special fetial priest was called upon to hurl a spear from the steps of the temple over the exact top of the ancient stone pillar into the earth of Enemy Territory. Colleen McCullough, The First Man in Rome
He struck his treaties with foreign princes in the Forum, sacrificing a pig and reciting the ancient formula of the fetial priests. Edited by John Carew Rolfe, Suetonius
Origin of fetial
1525-1535
Fetial comes directly from the Latin word fētiālis, which referred to a member of the Roman college of priests who were representatives in disputes with foreign nations.
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