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A 'temenos' was an area dedicated to religious uses, usually around a temple or other area of worship. The idea of 'consecrated ground' in which a church and churchyard sit might be the closest modern approximation.

A 'pomerium' was the formal boundary of a city, and possessed both legal and religious aspects. Rome's pomerium defined the entity known as 'Roma urbs', and within its boundary were located both secular and sacred spaces. However, Rome's pomerium did not enclose all that we might consider to be 'the City', as Rome grew well beyond its pomerium, laid down long before the Republic. The pomerium not only defined the City's boundaries, it also acted as a legal and religious barrier to those possessing certain offices.

During the Republic, no monarch could cross the pomerium into Rome. No general possessing imperium could do so, either, until he relinquished that authority. Thus, triumphing generals must perforce wait outside the pomerium until their triumph, at which time they surrendered their imperium. Lesser officials possessing imperium might enter the City, but their powers to chastise and execute (the 'rods and axe' forming the fasces) were circumscribed within the pomerium--specifically, they could no longer sentence a citizen to death. The axes were removed from the rods before such an official crossed the pomerium into the City.

Here's a further discussion:

The Etymological Meaning of Pomerium