Religions of the Roman Republic

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Religions of the Roman Republic

Postby Gaius Valerius Scipio » Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:17 pm

Salvete, Cultores!

I have been wondering for awhile now what is the religious make up of our Republic, I know that there are many here who believe in the Roman-Greco Gods but i think it would be interesting to see how many different faiths there are within the Republic and the beliefs that everyone has.

I know last time I checked we have about 475 citizens within the Republic, although not all of them are active nor will everyone reply to this message, it would still be insightful for all of us to see. For those who do reply, what the beliefs of their fellow Republicans are. I hope I can get a large response and in this way make a census for the Republic.

May the Gods watch over our growing Republic eternally.
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Re: Religions of the Roman Republic

Postby Gaius Florius Lupus » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:43 am

Salvete!
I belong to the Religio Romana, but arm not very religious.
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Re: Religions of the Roman Republic

Postby Publius Iunius Brutus » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:44 am

Brutus sal.

I am a cultor, have been so for the last 17 years.

I tend to be as traditional as possible with the core elements of the Religio Romana while leaving room for careful modern updating. The updating I do is mindful of the historical evidence and done for practicality, and for increasing relevance to the needs of the present day. I like to think of my updating as being true to the intent of the tradition and recognizable to the ancients.

Personally, I am not interested in anything resembling "new age" practices. For me, one of the rewards I find in practicing the CDR is being ever mindful of the past and updating with great awareness and scholarship the old traditions when required.
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Re: Religions of the Roman Republic

Postby Spurius Iuventius Catulus » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:28 pm

I am primarily a practitioner of the Religio, though I do also honor some "foreign" deities as well (mainly Gaulish/Celtic). I've been a Pagan/polytheist in various capacities for twenty-five years. I also do some practices which are modern, but those are personal and thus irrelevant to my public practice.
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Re: Religions of the Roman Republic

Postby Publius Sallustius Quadratus » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:54 pm

My religion is Cultus Deorum Romanorum and my Gods are the Gods of Rome but also of Greece and the Mediterranean. I believe that there are Gods everywhere and in every nation and that they have power in those places and with the people who follow them.

Iuppiter reigns in the heavens above all of us and we may find Minerva and Iuno with him anywhere as we may find Apollo, Mars and Venus everywhere but we may also find Isis, Mithras, Bacchus and Sol Invictus, though they were originally Eastern Gods before they were adopted in Rome.

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva have power in India as does Quetzalcoatl in Mexico.

The cult of Jesus I reject however. Jesus could be the son of a God and a heroic demi-God like Heracles or Perseus but the Christian Trinity I do not accept. YHWH may have power for the Jews as their but the isistance that YHWH is the only God is unacceptable to me. Likewise for Allah who may be a God for the Arabs but certainly not the only God in the multiverse.

One of the things I find wonderful about Roman polytheism is the tradition of recognition, acceptance and absorption of foreign Gods. This kind of polytheism is inclusive and open to expansion. It is a cosmopolitan world view that can truly unify humanity as opposed to some of the rigid monotheistic cults that entirely reject other people's Gods.

I don't know if I would say that I am very "religious" according to some people's standards however. For me, religion is not necessarily as much about belief and practice as it is about and expression of cultural identity. My culture is Classical Greek and Roman culture. I honor and revere the Gods as they are due. I enjoy reading Epicurus, who was possibly an atheist, and Socrates who was executed for heresy.

I honestly don't care for dogma or theocracy. I am comfortable with CDR as a state religion because it is my religion and because it stands in my opinion as one of the pillars of Classical culture.

I don't find CDR to be overly concerned with moral behavioral social engineering as Christianity is or has become (whatever it once was we may never know...) and for that reason also I find it easy to accept.

I am less comfortable with the Imperial Cult however, and I view the apotheosis of emperors to be far too politically contrived and worldly to be worthy of traditional religion.

My religion however is not so strictly Roman as perhaps some others would think of their own religion. I am a cosmopolitan Roman. My Rome is not the Rome of elitist Patrician Republicans who were aghast at the introduction of foreign cults in Rome. My Rome is the Rome of the Plebs who came to Rome from all across the Empire and brought with them the Gods of their homelands to share in the great pantheon of the Roman cosmopolitan tradition.
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Re: Religions of the Roman Republic

Postby Gaius Florius Lupus » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:49 am

Salve Sallusti Quadrate,
This is exactly how I see things too. It could not be better said.
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Re: Religions of the Roman Republic

Postby Gaius Valerius Scipio » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:18 pm

Publius Sallustius Quadratus wrote:My religion is Cultus Deorum Romanorum and my Gods are the Gods of Rome but also of Greece and the Mediterranean. I believe that there are Gods everywhere and in every nation and that they have power in those places and with the people who follow them.

Iuppiter reigns in the heavens above all of us and we may find Minerva and Iuno with him anywhere as we may find Apollo, Mars and Venus everywhere but we may also find Isis, Mithras, Bacchus and Sol Invictus, though they were originally Eastern Gods before they were adopted in Rome.

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva have power in India as does Quetzalcoatl in Mexico.

The cult of Jesus I reject however. Jesus could be the son of a God and a heroic demi-God like Heracles or Perseus but the Christian Trinity I do not accept. YHWH may have power for the Jews as their but the isistance that YHWH is the only God is unacceptable to me. Likewise for Allah who may be a God for the Arabs but certainly not the only God in the multiverse.

One of the things I find wonderful about Roman polytheism is the tradition of recognition, acceptance and absorption of foreign Gods. This kind of polytheism is inclusive and open to expansion. It is a cosmopolitan world view that can truly unify humanity as opposed to some of the rigid monotheistic cults that entirely reject other people's Gods.

I don't know if I would say that I am very "religious" according to some people's standards however. For me, religion is not necessarily as much about belief and practice as it is about and expression of cultural identity. My culture is Classical Greek and Roman culture. I honor and revere the Gods as they are due. I enjoy reading Epicurus, who was possibly an atheist, and Socrates who was executed for heresy.

I honestly don't care for dogma or theocracy. I am comfortable with CDR as a state religion because it is my religion and because it stands in my opinion as one of the pillars of Classical culture.

I don't find CDR to be overly concerned with moral behavioral social engineering as Christianity is or has become (whatever it once was we may never know...) and for that reason also I find it easy to accept.

I am less comfortable with the Imperial Cult however, and I view the apotheosis of emperors to be far too politically contrived and worldly to be worthy of traditional religion.

My religion however is not so strictly Roman as perhaps some others would think of their own religion. I am a cosmopolitan Roman. My Rome is not the Rome of elitist Patrician Republicans who were aghast at the introduction of foreign cults in Rome. My Rome is the Rome of the Plebs who came to Rome from all across the Empire and brought with them the Gods of their homelands to share in the great pantheon of the Roman cosmopolitan tradition.


Sal.

I agree with basically everything stated above, except for the part concerning the part of the Imperial Cult, I believe that although they may have been mortal some of the Emperor's rightly deserved their apotheosis. One of the Gods who I actively worship is Iulius Caesar even if he was not an Emperor I still ask him for guidance and see him as a God.

So far we have four our members who have commented which isn't as many as I would have hoped to partake. But I know for a fact that the large majority of the Republic are Roman polytheists.

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Re: Religions of the Roman Republic

Postby Gaius Curtius Philo » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:07 am

I personally am a follower of the Roman Gods, a Corax in the Mysteries of Mithras and a believer in the divinity of the Divi. I venerate Marcus Aurelius, although I still need to seperate an altar for Him. I might also seek to venerate Aurelian one day, but I need to learn more about Him first.
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Re: Religions of the Roman Republic

Postby Tiberius Publicius Gracchus » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:25 am

I was born and raised Catholic, and for the last several years I was involved in New Age paganism. Neopaganism is a pretty tight knit community and it was nice getting to know all those people but as time went on I started to realize that I simply do not believe in the religion. I am skeptical about things such as tarot, runes, and astrology. I am skeptical about magick. I understand that the Romans took auspices and had their own form of divination, but frankly I am skeptical of that as well. I have invoked the Muses for help with some writing assignments and they seem to have responded. I do believe in Gods and Spirits, but I am skeptical if us mortals can determine who or what they are. However, since the Romans had more experience with them than modern people, I think it is wise to defer to their forms of worship. So I have built a lararium and a shrine to the Muses, and occasionally make offerings, and try to live a virtuous life.
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Re: Religions of the Roman Republic

Postby Tiberius Publicius Gracchus » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:27 am

Gaius Curtius Philo wrote:I personally am a follower of the Roman Gods, a Corax in the Mysteries of Mithras and a believer in the divinity of the Divi. I venerate Marcus Aurelius, although I still need to seperate an altar for Him. I might also seek to venerate Aurelian one day, but I need to learn more about Him first.


I would like to set up an altar to Julian, the last great emperor of Rome, who tried to restore the worship of the traditional Gods.
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