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The public expression of approbation or disapprobation, pleasure or displeasure, by loud acclamations. On many occasions, there appear to have been certain forms of acclamations always used by the Romans; as, for instance, at marriages, Io Hymen, Hymenaee, or Talassio (explained by Livy); at triumphs, Io triumphe, Io triumphe; at the conclusion of plays the last actor called out Plaudite to the spectators; orators were usually praised by such expressions as Bene et praeclare, Belle et festive, Non potest melius, etc. Other instances of acclamationes are given by Ferrarius, in his treatise De Veterum Acclamationibus et Plausu, in Graevius Thesaur. Rom. Antiq. vol. vi. Cf. also Henzen, Acta Fratr. Arval. p. 75. Under the Empire, the manifestation of popular applause in the theatre and circus was reduced to a sort of system. When the emperor entered, the whole audience rose and greeted him in a rhythmic formula. Nero selected a band of 5000 knights and citizens, called Augustani or Augustales, to be trained in a special form of musical salutation (Suet. Nero, 20). The name acclamationes was also given to the decrees passed by the Senate in honour of the emperor, as being always carried by acclamation. See the articles Funus; Matrimonium; Triumphus.

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