Sometimes called "Roman Paganism", the modern practice of the Cultus Deorum Romanorum 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 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.  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
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.