As Inauguration (from lat. Augurium "sign") the solemn introduction to a dignity or an office is called.
Origin and use
Auguries, the interpretation of omens, were often obtained in ancient Rome before priests were instituted into office. Augurs predicted the future from the flight of birds . To this day, people in Italy wish each other tanti auguri on their birthday and other festive occasions, meaning “congratulations”.
Even prehistoric or early historical ritual forms for the inauguration of rulers are known as inauguration customs. Such one seems to have been climbing a stone in the British Isles with indentations in the shape of a footprint, which the new ruler probably had to step into in order to symbolically follow in the footsteps of the predecessors; such stones have been found at Dunadd , Burwick on South Ronaldsay and the Shetland Islands .
As Inauguration will inauguration ceremony of US President referred to, as well as in Russian Инаугурация and in Spanish la Inauguración is common.
In Austria the term is used for the inauguration of university rectors. The solemn first mass of a new Pope is called the inauguration mass . In Germany, university professors are introduced to the office through the inaugural lecture .
The written work for obtaining a doctorate is sometimes called inaugural dissertation , especially in subjects in which this is the first independent research achievement .
- Franz Richter : Inauguration . In: Paulys Realencyclopadie der classischen Antiquity Science (RE). Volume IX, 2, Stuttgart 1916, Col. 1220-1229.