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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."
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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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Selected links (Roma Antiqua)
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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Selected links (Nova Roma)
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Cultus Deorum projects
Wiki projects: Citizens are invited to add photos to the lararium page
- ↑ Rupke, Jörg "Religion of the Romans"(ISBN 0745630154)