The Romans and Their Gods Author:R. M. Ogilvie What sort of gods did the Romans believe in? How did they pray? What happened at a sacrifice? How seriously did they take their whole religion which was later swept away by Christianity? — These are some of the questions which The Romans and their Gods sets out to answer. It makes wide use of original material (all of which is quoted in translati... more »on) to give a picture of religious life at Rome in the period between 80 B.C. and A.D. 69. It describes the acts of worship and recreates the popular holidays and festivals at Roman; it also examines the cult of the Emperor.
Robert Ogilvie makes it possible for the modern reader to appreciate the real feeling behind the seemingly conventional and formalistic imprecations and appeals to the gods of Roman literature, and to understand the faith which sustained many of Rome's most distinguished citizens.« less