High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Roman triumph
(triumphus) was a civil ceremony and religious rite of ancient
Rome. Its origins and development remain obscure: ancient Roman
historians placed the first triumph in the mythical past. The
triumph publicly celebrated and sanctified the military
achievements of an army commander who had won great military
successes, or originally and traditionally, one who had
successfully completed a foreign war. In the Republican tradition,
the triumphing general was ritually elevated to near-divine or
near-kingly status for the day of the triumph, and thereafter
retained the right to be described as vir triumphalis (roughly,
"man honoured with triumph") for the rest of his life. After his
death he was represented at the funeral of every descendant by a
hired actor wearing his death-mask (imago) and clad in the
all-purple, gold-embroidered triumphal toga picta ("painted" toga).
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