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date: 04 April 2020

priests (Greek and Roman) 

The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

Cities in the Graeco‐Roman world always had men and women, often of high rank, specially chosen for the service of the gods and goddesses. They might be serving for life or for a fixed term; they might be holding a hereditary position, or be publicly elected or selected by some other method. The offices always carried honour, but often too, esp. in later periods, the expectation of high expenditure by the holders. (... ...

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