I’ve been thinking a lot about the Religio Romana, and I think the Romans are getting some bad press. All those old nineteenth-century guys says, “Those Romans were so legally minded and unimaginative–so that’s how they treated their gods.” It’s kinds like the people who go on and on about how uncomfortable the toga is and that no Roman really wanted to wear one.

The fact is that we don’t really know how the average Roman “felt” about the numina or gods. Whatever Cicero or Cato or Lucretius thought, the average Roman seems to have been perfectly happy with his religio.

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