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Ancient Roman Animals

Ancient Roman Animals

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Animals held a fundamental role in Roman society since the earliest days of the city’s foundation where a she-wolf was said to have tended to the twin brothers Romulus and Remus. Animals were associated with wealth – in fact the word for money “pecus” is the word for sheep. They fulfilled many roles such as work-power in mills, farming, transport, warfare as well as an important element of trade and religion. Their value made them a significant sacrifice as well as opportunity for fortune telling through the shapes of their entrails. Different animals were associated with the different divinities also: Eagle with Jupiter, Owl with Minerva, Peacock with Juno, horses with Apollo, Cockerel with Mars etc.


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