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 Though a Latin word, silentium is the proper designation for a solemn assembly in the presence of the Byzantine Emperor; it is taken from the formula with which meetings are formally opened in many Christian churches: "The Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence (lit. 'hush') before him." (Hab. 2:20). An impressive description of a silentium in the presence of King Solomon is given in an Arabic account of The Assembly of Animals and Men in the Presence of the King and the Genies, ed. F. Dieterici (Leipsig, 1881), p. 52. Others in Kalilah wa Dimnah.