Religion in Rome

Religion in Rome

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When considering religion in ancient Rome and Roman attitude to the gods it is worth starting with a glimpse of what Romanisation meant to the people they invaded and colonised in terms of religion and cult: Expansion of the Roman empire did NOT mean expansion of roman religion in the same way that we may perceive for Christianity or Islam spreading in the wake of their empires. The Romans gave freedom of cult to the people they conquered. Romanisation was accompanied by (yes) colonisation and investment, even in exporting the Capitoline triad, but not accompanied with prohibition of existing cults – so long as they didn’t impair the roman state as such.


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