Sacred Texts  Classics 

Jupiter and Semele by Gustave Moreau, 1895
Jupiter and Semele by Gustave Moreau, 1895 (click to enlarge)

The Religion of Numa

And Other Essays on the Religion of Ancient Rome

by Jesse Benedict Carter


This is a short survey of the history of Roman religion, particularly the Roman pantheon, from its origins as abstract animistic deities, the infiltration of Greek gods and goddesses, the influence of the Sibyllines, the introduction of Near Eastern Goddess worship and other deities, and finally the rise of the God-Emperors, codified under Augustus.

Title Page
The Religion of Numa
The Reorganisation of Servius
The Coming of the Sibyl
The Decline of Faith
The Augustan Renaissance