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The ‘expressed will of a divinity’. It was indicated esp. by the nūtus, an inclination of the head. The numen of a divinity shows the actual and particular will of this deity. In general the numen concerns the gods and, under the empire, the ruling emperor. The numen of Augustus received a cult from the beginning of our era, its function being to represent the exceptional power of the ruler, and it enabled the attribution of divine honours to him in his lifetime. See ruler‐cult.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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