Alma Mater

(Latin: nourishing or bounteous mother)

Title given by ancient Romans to certain goddesses; now applied to universities and schools, considered as "foster mothers" of their students.

The Bull of Pope Clement V postponing the opening of the 15th AEcumenical Council, at Vienne, from 1 October 1310, to 1 October 1311, is entitled "Alma Mater."

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