A Roman ceremony by which the augurs obtained, or endeavoured to obtain, the sanction of
the gods to something which had been decreed by man—e. g. to the election of the
magistrates, who continued to be inaugurated under the Republic (Dionys. ii. 6
), and for this purpose were summoned by the augurs (condictio, denuntiatio
) to appear on the Capitol on the third day after their election
Verg. Aen. iii. 117
). The inauguratio conferred
no priestly dignity upon the magistrates, but was merely a method of obtaining the sanction of
the gods to their election, and gave them the right to take the auspicia;
and in important emergencies it was their duty to make use of this privilege. At the time of
Cicero, however, this duty was scarcely ever observed (De Div.
ii. 36, 76).
A building was “inaugurated” only when it was to be used for meetings of
the Senate, or when the rites to be performed there required it should be a templum.
hallowed the site, and the consecratio
the building. Thus the Aedes Vestae was consecrated, but not
inaugurated, and meetings of the Senate were never held there. See Augur