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The Religion of Ancient Rome

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Author: Cyril Bailey
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 24,357 / 79 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 34.4
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 1,505
Added to site: 2006.06.13
mnybks.net#: 13661
Genres: Religion, History
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tand up, Adeona and Abeona, who watch over his first footstep, and many others each with his special province of protection or assistance. The farmer similarly is in the hands of a whole host of divinities who assist him at each stage of ploughing, hoeing, sowing, reaping, and so forth. If the numen then lacks personal individuality, he has a very distinct specialisation of function, and if man's appeal to the divinity is to be successful, he must be very careful to make it in the right quarter: it was a stock joke in Roman comedy to make a character 'ask for water from Liber, or wine from the nymphs.' Hence we find in the prayer formulæ in Cato and elsewhere the most careful precautions to prevent the accidental omission of the deity concerned: usually the worshipper will go through the whole list of the gods who may be thought to have power in the special circumstances; sometimes he will conclude his prayer with the formula 'whosoever thou art,' or 'and any other name by which thou mayest des

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