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The Certamen Petronianum II is the highest profile literary competition of Nova Roma, organized by the aedilis plebis A. Iulius Paterculus, with renowned international award-winning author, writer and poet Jo Walton as the chair of the contest Jury. Our previous Certamen Petronianum was presided by famous Roman novel author Dr. Colleen McCullough and Roman history scholar and author Prof. Dr. Peter Wiseman. Our current edition honors the memory of our previous jury member Colleen McCullough who deceased this year.
Participate in the competition and win accommodation near the eternal city, Rome, in the Dea Diana B&B, assortments of Roman spices and valuable original Roman coins!
For more information, visit the Certamen Petronianum II Webpage

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Household Worship

· Ancient Rome ·
Lararium -
Acerra - Gutus - Patera

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Making a Lararium

The gutus is a container for sacred milk or wine that is offered to the gods. As with the acerra and the salinum, the gutus is used to keep a sacred offering substance clean and protected. Any of a variety of materials may be used, such as pottery, glass, stone or metal.

Liquid from the gutus is poured into the patera when it is being offered to the gods. If you are offering milk to the gods it should be placed in the gutus only a short time before the rite in which you will offer it, and the gutus should be emptied afterward. Wine may be left in the gutus for a longer time, although care should be taken if your gutus is made from metal. (The acid in wine may corrode the metal if left there for days.)

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