Rome’s relationship with the gods was complex and not easy to define. We will review some of the standard gods of Rome that we all know and love, like Venus and Mars, Apollo and Hercules. We’ll examine how the Romans worshipped the deities and created a relationship with them through sacrifice and votive offerings. We’ll then examine the time of the Roman emperors, who exerted their own special relationship with the gods, in particular fostering new cults and objects of veneration like the deified rulers Augustus and Claudius. We will also examine the idea of what constitutes foreign gods and what is inherently “Roman”.
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