This list features some of the deities and spirits (known individually as numen
or collectively as numina
) who populated the imagination and religion of the native Latin people. While some of them were extremely important to the extent that they had rites dedicated to them, others are merely names, with little (or limited) function even in Roman times. Several of them, including Janus and Vesta, were quite essential to the Roman state cults, and so taken together as a group, these gods and goddesses should not be underestimated.
goddess of war
this "good goddess" was worshipped by women only; in mythology she was identified with Fauna
goddess who possessed power over doorways; however, in other respects, she is similar to the Greek goddess Artemis
goddess who watched over the construction and preservation of sewers (think Cloaca Maxima...)
god of fertility
god of love; the Roman counterpart to the Greek god Eros
(Dis Pater) |
god of the Underworld; similar to the Greek Hades
goddess of discord or strife; Roman version of the Greek goddess Eris
god of the fields and shepherds; identified with the Greek god Pan
goddess of good luck
goddess of honesty
goddess of "all that flourishes"; revered especially by courtesans
goddess of chance; identified with the Greek goddess Tyche
Roman version of the Erinyes
god of the sea
god of gates; lent his name to the first month of the year
More Roman Gods
(Lares - Victoria)
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- St. Augustine
Who's Who in Classical Mythology
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