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The genius is the vital spirit that accompanied a man from his birth to his death. The genius of a person was honored on his birthday. By the beginning of the Empire, a woman's genius, called the juno was also honoured.

Genius populi Romani

There was "a shrine dedicated to the Genius of the Roman people, near the temple of Concord in the forum"[1] .

Genius loci

The genius loci was the genius associated with a specific place. A graffito found in a excubitorium in Ostia "mentions the Genius of the place..." [2]


  1. Platner, Topographical Dictionary, 1929
  2. Ostia: the Fire-Brigade (Vigiles)

See also: "Genius" at Wikipedia

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