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Meaning of the word ‘Coronation’

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late 14c., from L.L. coronationem (nom. coronatio) “a crowning,” from pp. stem of L. coronare “to crown,” from corona “crown” (see crown).

early 12c., “royal crown,” from Anglo-Fr. coroune, from O.Fr. corone (13c., Mod.Fr. couronne), from L. corona “crown,” originally “wreath, garland,” related to Gk. korone “anything curved, kind of crown.” (O.E. used corona, directly from Latin) Extended to coins bearing the imprint of a crown (early 15c.), especially the British silver 5-shilling piece. Also monetary units in Iceland, Sweden (krona), Norway, Denmark (krone), and formerly in German Empire and Austria-Hungary (krone). Meaning “top of the skull” is from c.1300. The verb is from late 12c. Related: Crowned; crowning. The latter in its sense of “that makes complete” is from 1650s. Crown-prince is 1791, a translation of Ger. kronprinz.

A corona is a type of plasma “atmosphere” of the Sun or other celestial body, extending millions of kilometers into space, most easily seen during a total solar eclipse, but also observable in a coronagraph. The Latin root of the word corona means crown.

Charlemagne the Great

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“He was heavily built, sturdy, and of considerable stature, although not exceptionally so, since his height was seven times the length of his own foot.”

Etymology of the word ‘Priest’

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O.E. preost, shortened from the older Germanic form represented by O.S., O.H.G. prestar, O.Fris. prestere, from V.L. *prester “priest,” from L.L. presbyter “presbyter, elder,” from Gk. presbyteros (see Presbyterian). In O.T. sense, a translation of Heb. kohen, Gk. hiereus, L. sacerdos.

1640, as name of Scottish church governed by elders (as opposed to bishops), from presbyter “an elder in a church” (1590s), from L.L. presbyter “an elder,” from Gk. presbyteros “an elder,” also an adj. meaning “older,” comparative of presbys “old,” possibly originally “one who leads the cattle,” from *pres– “before” + root of bous “cow.” Presbytery “a part of a church reserved for the clergy” is recorded from early 15c. Meaning “body of elders in the Presbyterian system” is recorded from 1570s.

Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus

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Maximinus Thrax

Maximinus was truly a mountain of a man. Surely the largest man ever to hold imperial office, the Historia Augusta states him at 8 ft 6 in tall (2.6 metres), and so strong that he could pull an ox cart on his own. 

Cosmati Pavement – Kings as Gods

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Cosmati pavement

The next King of England will be crowned on top of a mosaic that represents the center of the Universe, the moment of creation. It contains a coded message that predicts the date of the end of time. It has only recently been re-discovered underneath the carpet at the spot where the coronation traditionally takes place. It was put there to represent the notion that the king was a living embodiment of God on Earth.

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