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)
elements of worship
prayer and sacrifice
do ut des
dedication of temples
rites of purification
importance of divination
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