The presence of Greeks on the Italian peninsula from the beginning of the historical period influenced Roman culture, introducing some religious practices that became as fundamental rome et son Empire PDF the cult of Apollo. Cybele enthroned, with lion, cornucopia and Mural crown. Roman religion was practical and contractual, based on the principle of do ut des, « I give that you might give ».
For ordinary Romans, religion was a part of daily life. Each home had a household shrine at which prayers and libations to the family’s domestic deities were offered. Neighborhood shrines and sacred places such as springs and groves dotted the city. The priesthoods of public religion were held by members of the elite classes. There was no principle analogous to separation of church and state in ancient Rome.