The Pontifex Maximus (Latin for "High Priest of the Gods"; literally meaning "Greatest Pontiff" or "Greatest Priest") is the highest position available in Camp Jupiter, used only during crisis situations. 

Octavian, the former Pontifex Maximus.

In the Roman Republic, the Pontifex Maximus was the highest office in the state religion of ancient Rome and directed the College of Pontiffs (Collegium Pontificum). Residing in the Domus Publica ("State House") and officed in the Regia, he had both political and religious authority.

Reyna Avila Ramírez-Arellano stated no demigod in Camp Jupiter's history ever elevated themselves to a rank of the pontifex; by doing so they would compare themselves to an emperor.

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While experiencing dream visions, Reyna sees Camp Jupiter's forces preparing for the invasion on Camp Half-Blood. She then sees Octavian wearing a white cloth mantle which marked him as the Pontifex.

After the underwater battle with Polybotes, Kymopoleia calls Jason Grace pontifex and reminds him to keep his promise about honoring every minor god there is a shrine in Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood.

After Gaea's defeat, Nico di Angelo mentions the Roman Senate thinking about electing Jason the new Pontifex Maximus.

Known Pontifices Maximi


  • The first Roman Emperor Augustus assumed the title of Pontifex Maximus after the death of Marcus Aemilius Lepidus (who was a part of the Second Triumvirate alongside Augustus and Marcus Antonius) in 13 BC; afterward, the chief priest's office was moved from the Regia to Augustus' palace, the Domus Augusti ("House of Augustus"), located on the Palantine Hill in Rome.