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== History ==
The origin of the crozier as a staff of authority is uncertain, but there were many secular and religious precedents in the ancient world. One example is the [[lituus]], the traditional staff of the ancient Roman [[augurs]],<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04515c.htm#Origin|title=CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Crosier|author=|date=|website=www.newadvent.org|accessdate=4 May 2018}}</ref> as well as the staff of [[Moses]] in the [[Hebrew Bible]]. Many other types of the [[staff of office]] were found in later periods, some continuing to the modern day in ceremonial contexts.
 
In the [[Western Church]] the usual form has been a [[shepherd's crook]], curved at the top to enable animals to be hooked. This relates to the many metaphorical references to bishops as the shepherds of their "flock" of Christians, following the metaphor of Christ as the [[Good Shepherd]].