RELIGION & SOCIETY

Religion in Roman Life

Daily phenomena

Festivals

Fasti: Roman state/religious calendar
 dies fasti: "auspicious days"
 dies nefasti: "ill-omened days"

 Ovid (43 BC - AD 17), Fasti

Parentalia (dead ancestors): Feb. 13-23
Lupercalia (< ?): Feb. 15
Megalensia (< Cybele): March 15-27
Floralia (< Flora): April 28
Parilia (< Pales): April 21
Lemuria (< lemures): May 9-13
Saturnalia (< Saturnus): Dec. 17

State Cults

Numa as source of religious tradition

Early Priesthoods

Priestly Colleges Co-option (to 103 BC)
>>> Election by 1/2 of comitia tributa
 >>>>>> Chosen by senate (& emperor)

Augustus & Religious Revival

Regulating Religion

Integration of New Cults

Legal Repression
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