This outline of ancient Roman religion is based upon the section on Roman religion in the introduction to Betty Rose Nagle's Ovid's Fasti. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1995.

early deities as functional spirits

pragmatic and functional

exact performance of ritual actions and words

corporate ritual for the welfare of the state (state cult)

family cult

ancestor worship

elements of worship

prayer and sacrifice

do ut des

dedication of temples


rites of purification

importance of divination



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