. 2431, 2432; καλήτωρ
Dionys.), originally a slave employed as a caller or crier (Plaut.
5.2, 11; Pseud.
2.3, 5): the nomenclator
prompter of names to a candidate was a specimen of this class (Hor. Ep. 1.6
aliena memoria salutamus,
Plin. Nat. 29.19
). The derivation from
) is given by Paulus
Diaconus (p. 18, Müller); but he ridiculously adds that it was
because they had to come when they were called. In this sense the word
became obsolete; but it survived as the name of certain attendants on the
members of the higher priesthoods, each of whom nominated a calator from
among his own freedmen.
Besides the ARVALES (q.
), we find in the four inscriptions preserved by Orellius,
Kalatores Pontificum et Flaminum,
2432 (here a boy dying at 15 has held the
office); Calator Epulonum Libertus,
Dispensator Calatorum Augurum,
2434, cf. Suet. de
100.12: and Orellius remarks that all sacerdotia had
their calatores. (Marini, Atti de' Fratelli Arvali,
Henzen, Acta Fr. Arvalium,
pp. 7.8.160; Marquardt, 6.219;