Gods of the Ancient Romans
The ancient Romans honored a wide variety of gods, and many are still worshipped today by Roman reconstruction groups . For the Romans, much like many other ancient cultures, the deities were a part of daily life, not merely something to be chatted with in times of need. Here are some of the best-known gods and go
Roman Pagan Festivals
Many of the festivals and celebrations of ancient Rome are still marked today by some modern Pagans. Learn about some of the different Roman pagan holidays, and why they were significant to adherents of the Roman Pagan religions.
Bacchus, Roman God of Wine and Fertility
Bacchus was a Roman god of wine and debauchery. However, he is also identified as a fertility god. Learn more about this well-known god of the vine.
Bona Dea, Roman Fertility Goddess
In ancient Rome, many women worshipped at the altar of fertility goddess Bona Dea. Learn about the scandalous story surrounding one of her festivals!
Cupid, the Roman God of Love
Although he was originally the Greek Eros, eventually Cupid turned into a kinder, gentler god of love. Learn about Cupid, and how he fell in love with Psyche.
Cybele, Mother Goddess of Rome
The concept of a mother goddess is one that has been around for a long time. The ancient Romans honored Cybele, as a goddess of resurrection and rebirth. Learn more about this dynamic goddess and her ecstatic followers.
Diana, Goddess of the Hunt
In Roman myth, Diana is a goddess of the hunt and the forest. However, she evolved into a lunar goddess and a protector of women in childbirth.
Janus, the Two-Faced God
Janus was a god with two faces, that allowed him to see not only the past but the future as well. He is also a god of doors, gates, and the new beginnings we find at the start of a fresh journey.
Juno, Goddess of Marriage
Juno, the goddess of marriage, is often associated with the time of the summer solstice. After all, the month of June is named for her... and it's a traditional time for weddings!
Mars, Roman God of War
Many ancient Romans honored Mars, the god of war. However, he wasn't always a battlefield figure. Find out about this versatile and popular Roman deity.
Pomona, Goddess of Apples
Pomona was an obscure Roman goddess, but she still has significance when it comes to the blooming of orchards and fruit trees.
Venus, Goddess of Love and Beauty
Venus was much like the Greek goddess Aphrodite. She was known as a goddess of love and beauty, and is still portrayed today as a lovely young woman.
Vesta, Guardian of Virginity
Vesta was the Roman goddess who presided over women's virginity. Together with Juno, the goddess of marriage, she was honored by the women of ancient Rome.
Resources for Roman Pagans
Looking for all of our About Pagan/Wiccan resources on Roman Paganism? Here's where you'll find links to reading lists, deities, Roman traditions and more!