Iuno

Iuno (Juno in English spelling), one of the Di Consentes, is the Queen of the Roman pantheon, as she is married to Iuppiter.  She is a warrior, a goddess of women, children, marriage, childbirth, menstruation, finances, and rain, and is a deity of protection and safety.  She had her own priestess, called the Flaminica Dialis, who had […]

Diana

Diana, one of the Di Consentes, is a goddess of roads, the moon, fertility, childbirth, healing, forests, hunting, and the Underworld.  She seems, as her name indicates, to have originally been a goddess of moonlight and the day (Diana from dies, meaning day), and is possibly associated with Ianus. Her ancient temple on the Aventine […]

Ceres

Ceres, one of the Di Consentes, is a goddess of the earth, grain, crops, and laws.  She is also a goddess related to death and purification: after a funeral, in order to purify themselves from the defilement they received from the dead, the family would sacrifice a sow to Ceres; and if an individual died […]

Apollo

Apollo, one of the Di Consentes, is one of the few deities of the Roman pantheon who is entirely a Greek deity.  The Romans had no equivalent in their pantheon before coming into contact with the worship of Apollo through trade with the Greeks.  He is a god of healing, disease, prophecy, music, theater, purification, […]

Ianus

Ianus (Janus in English) is the god of gateways, beginnings, endings, change, transitions, and the first month of the year, and is the guardian of keys and doors.  When one is praying to other deities or doing a ritual, Ianus must be the first deity invoked.  In Ovid’s Fasti, Ianus explains this: “It is through I, who […]

Di Consentes

The Di Consentes are the chief deities of the Roman pantheon.  They are 12 in number: 6 gods and 6 goddesses. Ennius, an author who wrote in the 3rd century BCE, lists them as Iuno, Vesta, Minerva, Ceres, Diana, Venus, Mars, Mercurius, Iuppiter, Neptunus, Vulcanus, and Apollo. Livy writes that a lectisternium, or feast for the […]

Iuppiter

Iuppiter (Jupiter in English) is the chief god of the Roman pantheon and the head of the 12 Di Consentes.  According to some scholars, he was originally a sky god, similar to – or equivalent to – the Indo-European sky god, and inhabited an oak tree on the Capitoline Hill.  In any case, he is […]