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The Ovatio in antiquity

As ovatio (in German "Frohlockung", from Latin ovare : "frohlocken") the sources describe a kind of minor triumphal procession in recognition of successful Roman generals of antiquity.

The honoree was denied the right to the purple toga ( toga purpurea ) and the laurel wreath ( corona triumphalis ), he had to be content with a myrtle wreath and a magistrate's toga with a purple stripe ( toga praetexta ). In contrast to the triumphal procession, it is reported that the general did not walk the path, which is presumed to resemble that of a triumphal procession, standing on a chariot, but only sitting on a horse or on foot and without his army . Instead of a bull, a sheep was sacrificed (Latin: ovis , from which the term may be derived).

The proclamation of an ovatio is a senatorial right, it was probably last exercised at 47 for Aulus Plautius .

The Ovation in educational use

In a figurative sense , an ovation is a stormy to solemn homage. In opera, theater, drama, etc. also a shouting applause; Compare the phrase “with a standing ovation” with which it is said that the audience “torn from their chairs”, that is, applauded standing .

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