The Role of Religion in the Roman Republic Research Paper by Geebs

The Role of Religion in the Roman Republic
Discussion of the Roman religion, how it reflected Roman society, and its evolution and eventual decline.
# 119611 | 2,238 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2009 | CA
Published on May 12, 2010 in History (Greek and Roman) , Religion and Theology (Other)


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This paper explores the history and role of religion in the Roman empire. The paper explains that Roman gods were considered patron deities of the Roman Republic, always looking out for its interests by helping out with agriculture when asked, or by advising legislature and battles. The paper concludes that the Roman religion started declining in the late third century BCE and eventually ceased to exist because of corruption within the religious leadership, and because the religion was used to further political means.

From the Paper:

"Religion was apparent in all aspects of Roman public life, especially in areas concerning politics, where ritual and omens was seen as a faction of typical political procedure. Roman gods were considered patron deities of the Republic, always looking out for its interests by helping out with agriculture when bribed to, or by advising legislature and battles. Because it was shamelessly used as a political means, Roman religion was on the decline during the late third century BCE more so than a typical gradual shift. This apparent deterioration served to foreshadow the eventual decline of the Republic and then of the empire to come."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beard, Mary, John North and Simon Price. Religions of Rome. Volume one. Cambridge: Cambridge, 1998.
  • Beard, Mary and Michael Crawford. Rome in the Late Republic. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, 1985.
  • North, J. A. 'Conservatism and Change in Roman Religion', Papers of the British School at Rome vol. XLIV (1976), p. 1-12.
  • Pauline Ripat, 'Roman Omens, Roman Audiences, and Roman History', Greece & Rome vol. 53 issue 02 (2006), p. 155-174.
  • Serrati, John. Class Lectures. September 14th, October 7th, October 13th 2009.

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