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Religion in ancient Rome

Religion in ancient Rome was of great importance and the citizens often attributed their great success around the known world to their faithfulness. The priests of Rome were men of great importance as they were seen as being able to communicate with the gods and therefore help Rome maintain its glory.

The Romans worshipped a number of gods, offering prayers and sacrifices and services to them. Great ceremonies and feasts were held to curry favor with the gods and battles were dedicated to them. Of great importance was the Roman policy of merely welcoming new deities into their religious practices as they conquered the world. It went a long way towards convincing their new territories to accept Roman rule rather than rebel against it. As the republic fell and the empire of one ruler rose the religious beliefs changed and perhaps that was part of what ultimately led to the downfall of Rome