|Ancient Rome Religion
Religion played a very important role in the daily life
of Ancient Rome and the Romans. Roman religion was centred around gods
and explanations for events usually involved the gods in some way or another.
The Romans believed that gods controlled their lives and, as a result,
spent a great deal of their time worshipping them.
Temples to worship the gods were built throughout the Roman Empire. Temples usually always followed the same building pattern. The roof was triangular shaped and supported by great pillars. Steps led up to the main doorway that was usually built behind the pillars. The inside of the temple would have been very well decorated and there would have been a statue of the god in it. There would also have been an altar where a priest would have served the god and made sacrifices. People called augurs could also be found in the temples. These people used the entrails of the dead animals to predict the future. The Romans took these predictions very seriously and few ignored the advice of an augur.
Each family home would also have a small altar and shrine. The Romans
had personal household gods or spirits called 'lares' which were worshipped
every day at home. The shrine contained statues of the 'lares' and the
head of the household led family prayers around the shrine each day. The
service was considered so important that family slaves were also invited.
It is believed that most Romans were more keen to please their 'lares'
than the public gods such as Jupiter.
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