Cultus deorum Romanorum

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The modern practice of the Roman religion, the Cultus Deorum Romanorum is our attempt to reconstruct the religion of the ancient Romans as closely as possible. The Cultus Deorum Romanorum, cannot be approached by inserting Roman deity names into Greek religion or any other system, for it is a unique product of the culture that created it. "The pax deorum was considered to be the normal state of affairs, that is, peaceful co-existance between two parties, divine and human, who have agreed not to interfere with one another except under particular, well-defined circumstances."[1]


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Official Mailing List

The official mailing list for discussion of the cultus deorum in Nova Roma is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ReligioRomana/

Cultus Deorum in Roma Antiqua

It is difficult to talk about Roman religion as a whole, since it is really composed of a large number of separate cults. In this sense there are many Roman religions. A number of specific terms are in use that let us focus on specific aspects of this large whole. Most inclusively, "Roman religion" could mean any religious belief or practice that was held or performed by any person who ever held Roman citizenship. In addition to the traditional sacra publica (state cults) and sacra privata (private cults), this includes such "foreign cults" as Judaism, early Christianity, various Egyptian cults and much more. Also included would be mystery cults that catered to the individual and the many fraternal collegia.

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The Temple of Saturn in the Forum.
Cultus Deorum in Nova Roma

The modern practice of the Cultus Deorum is an attempt to reconstruct the ancient religion of the Romans as closely as possible, making as few concessions to modern sensibilities as possible. As with other forms of historical reconstructionism, every attempt is made to rely on actual historical and archaeological evidence, and interpolations are made only when the primary sources are silent, and then we strive to be consistent with them.

Official Mailing List

The official mailing list for discussion of the Cultus Deorum in Nova Roma is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ReligioRomana/

Starting with the Cultus Deorum today

Because of the principles of reconstructionism, almost everything that can be said about the historical Cultus is also true about the modern Cultus. Reading about the Numa tradition, the Lararium and Household worship would be a good start. You can find a list of prayers to the various gods here. Read more about starting with the practice of Roman religion for starters.

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Nova Roma Calendar
Our calendar lists all of our official festivals. The nundinal letter this year is D.
Cultus Deorum projects


Wiki projects: Citizens are invited to add photos to the lararium page.
Other Portals

References

  1. Rupke, Jörg "Religion of the Romans"(ISBN 0745630154)

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