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The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden: Religion at the Roman Street Corner

Harriet I. Flower


The most pervasive gods in ancient Rome had no traditional mythology attached to them, nor was their worship organized by elites. Throughout the Roman world featured small shrines to the beloved lares, a pair of cheerful little dancing gods. These shrines were maintained primarily by ordinary Romans, and often by slaves and freedmen, for whom the lares cult provided a unique public leadership role. This book offers an original account of these gods and a new way of understanding the lived experience of everyday Roman religion. Weaving together a wide range of evidence, the book sets forth a ne ... More

Keywords: Roman religion, lares, benevolent protectors, Roman gods, rituals, cult sites, iconography, Compitalia, mythology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691175003
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691175003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harriet I. Flower, author
Princeton University