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The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the GardenReligion at the Roman Street Corner$
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Harriet I. Flower

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175003

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175003.001.0001

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Shrines For Lares in Rome

Shrines For Lares in Rome

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The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden

Harriet I. Flower

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at the many types of shrines for lares in public places in Rome, from the largest to the smallest. It starts with two temples (aedes) and moves on through various local shrines to named lares (notably the praestites and grundiles) and ultimately to the shrines at the crossroads (compita). Pliny tells us that the census of Vespasian and Titus officially recorded 265 compita larum (crossroads shrines for lares) in AD 73–74. These crossroads shrines are considered in relation to other local shrines, particularly open-air ones (sacella) that did not have cult buildings. The chapter also offers an overview of street shrines in Pompeii, and concludes with a broader consideration of the nature of lares and of the many places they inhabited and protected.

Keywords:   lares, Rome, public places, shrines, Pompeii

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