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[[Image:Platner-temple-line-trans-50.gif|right]]<onlyinclude>The modern practice of the [[Roman religion]], the ''Cultus Deorum Romanorum'' is our attempt to [[reconstructionism|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."</onlyinclude><ref name="rupke">Rupke, Jörg "Religion of the Romans"(ISBN  0745630154)</ref><onlyinclude><br>'''If you need help, advice or assistance regarding the ''[[cultus deorum]]'', don't hesitate to '''[mailto:collegium_pontificum_nr-owner@yahoogroups.com contact our experts]'''.</onlyinclude>
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The religion of the Romans, 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. It demands steadfastness and devotion to duty. It involves working in harmony with the eternal gods and with universal order, for the benefit not only of ourselves but also the world around us. With right action and attitudes towards the gods, both the State and the individual will prosper. Yet the ''cultus deorum'' involves more than pious action and worldly power; there are also mystery traditions which focus on inner spiritual growth.
 
  
 
==Official Mailing List==
 
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The official mailing list for discussion of the ''cultus deorum'' in Nova Roma is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ReligioRomana/
 
The official mailing list for discussion of the ''cultus deorum'' in Nova Roma is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ReligioRomana/
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The '''''Cultus Deorum Romanorum''''' is the pre-Christian religion of Rome. It began as the practices of the farmers of the village of Rome.
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<blockquote>"I am quite certain that Romulus by instituting auspices, and [[Numa tradition|Numa]] ritual, laid the foundations of our state, which would never have been able to be so great had not the immortal gods been placated to the utmost extent." -- [[Marcus Tullius Cicero|Cicero]] "On the Nature of the Gods" </blockquote>
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Influenced by their Etruscan (and later, Greek) neighbors, the Romans developed a complex state religion that emphasised [[pietas|duty to the gods]] and serving them through exactly prescribed [[:Category:Ritus|rituals]].
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The sacred [[Grove_of_Carmentis|grove of Carmentis]].
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Sometimes called "Roman Paganism", the modern practice of the '''''Cultus Deorum Romanorum''''' is an attempt to [[reconstructionism|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 reconstructionist paganism, 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. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polytheistic_reconstructionism] When gaps in the evidence, or the realities of modern life, make it necessary to create something new it should be:
 
*as consistent as possible with what we do know about the classical-era Romans and their legacy.
 
*clearly presented as a recent innovation. We frown on attempts to advertise something modern and invented as ancient and historical in order to give it an authority (and marketability!) it does not deserve.
 
  
==Starting with the ''Cultus Deorum'' today==
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Because of the principles of reconstructionism, almost everything that can be said about the historical cultus is also true about the modern cultus. The articles on the ''cultus deorum in Roma antiqua'' and our "[[Reading list for the cultus deorum]]" are a good places to start.
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* [[Declaration of Roman Paganism|Declaration of Roman Paganism]]
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* [[Declaration of Roman Religion]]
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* [[:Category:Virtual temples of Nova Roma|Virtual temples of Nova Roma]]
 
* [[Priests (Nova Roma)|Priests and Priesthoods]]
 
* [[Priests (Nova Roma)|Priests and Priesthoods]]
 
* [[:Category:Ritus|Rites and Rituals]]
 
* [[:Category:Ritus|Rites and Rituals]]
 
* [[Roman Calendar]]
 
* [[Roman Calendar]]
 
*'''See [[:Category:Religio Romana (Nova Roma)|all articles about the cultus deorum in Nova Roma]]'''.
 
*'''See [[:Category:Religio Romana (Nova Roma)|all articles about the cultus deorum in Nova Roma]]'''.
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Our [[Fasti_MMDCCLX|calendar]] lists all of our official festivals. A printed version is available in the [[Macellum]].
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The [[Nundinae|nundinal letter]] this year is '''{{marketday}}'''.
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The ultimate goal is the restoration of the [[Palatine]] temple of [[Magna Mater]]. There is a [[Magna Mater Project|full description of the project]].
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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]


If you need help, advice or assistance regarding the cultus deorum, don't hesitate to contact our experts.


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 photo
Temple of Saturn courtesy of Vroma.jpg

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.

Learn more ...
Nova Roma Calendar
Our calendar lists all of our official festivals. The nundinal letter this year is G.
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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