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To: Berlin_Freeper

Pontifex means pope? So, when Gaius Julius Caesar was named Pontifex Maximus in 64 BC, he was the Greatest Pope?

I thought that the derivation of Pope came from Pape, meaning father.


10 posted on 12/03/2012 12:31:07 PM PST by bagman
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To: bagman
Pontifex was chosen because it not only means pope in Latin, but also bridge-builder, suggesting unity.
Maybe he was the Greatest bridge-builder.
12 posted on 12/03/2012 12:37:50 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: bagman
So, when Gaius Julius Caesar was named Pontifex Maximus in 64 BC, he was the Greatest Pope?

Pontifex Maximus? Sounds like a brand of condoms....

16 posted on 12/03/2012 12:47:05 PM PST by Veggie Todd (Eat Mor Chikin)
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You are correct. Pope is the English corruption of Papa which is probably from the vulgate and not the classical Latin of the emperors.

Pontifex was a title for the priests of the pagan Romans. I think the emperor took for himself the title Pontifex Maximus--chief bridge-builder.

With the triumph of Christianity over paganism, the bishops of Rome lay claim to the title as the chief priest of the City of Rome.

I liken it to the cross that surmounts the obelisk in St. Peter's Square.

19 posted on 12/03/2012 12:59:50 PM PST by Oratam
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