Gods of the Home: Primal Roman Religious Practices


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Early Romans believed the world was full of free-flowing forces known as _____.

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1. Linked to the males of the household, which god was the defender of the threshold and the god of beginnings?

2. Meal time in early Roman times would include _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While many people are familiar with the A-list deities such as Jupiter, Apollo, Venus and Diana, the Romans had an extended network of gods and goddesses who presided over almost every aspect of daily life. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the role the gods played in Roman homes and families, and religious practices meant to honor and curry favor with them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The term for free-flowing forces the Romans believed in
  • What 'lares' were
  • The male god of the threshold
  • Spirits who protected the storerooms in the home
  • Vesta and her role for Roman women

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about Roman religious practices
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define key terms such as numina, lares and Penates
  • Making connections - use your knowledge of Roman religious practices to describe how Romans viewed their lives and their place in the world

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on primal Roman religious practices. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the role of religion in Roman daily life
  • Define lar familiaris
  • Know the different deities for men and women
  • Define The Religion of Numa
  • Know the different icons and tributes that were part of Roman religious practices