Survivals of Roman Religion

Survivals of Roman Religion

Survivals of Roman Religion

Survivals of Roman Religion

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In this treatment of survivals the term "Roman religion" has been used with its current comprehensiveness and so includes all the cults, of whatever provenance, that found a following in Rome. It is not of course a logical designation but it has the merit of being a convenient one. Strictly speaking, "Roman religion" would mean that animism which prevailed before the period of the Tarquin dynasty when Greek influence, streaming into Rome from Etruria on the north and Magna Graecia on the south, transformed the whole system through the introduction of imitative temples and borrowed statue types. Nor did the process of transformation and accretion cease with the introduction of gods and forms of ritual from other parts of Italy and from Greece. As early as the Hannibalic war the Romans showed interest in the worship of Cy-

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