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CLA 382-001: Greek & Roman Religion (Leite): Getting Started

This is the class guide to Greek and Roman Religion

Definition of Greek and Roman Religion

The religions of both the ancient Greeks and Romans were polytheistic (with many gods), but centered on a finite and homogenous group of deities who were worshipped through prayer, animal sacrifice, and festivals. It was believed that the gods, in turn, provided mortals with specific benefits, at the individual, family, group or state levels. Gods were anthropomorphic (in human form) and powerful but not eternal or all-powerful. New gods could be introduced into both pantheons (groups of gods), but the number of such additions was in fact fairly limited. And both Greeks and Romans concentrated on the cults of their traditional gods, whose worship they found both beneficial and satisfying for over one thousand years. - From the summary of Gods in Ancient Greece and Rome by Matt Dillon

Getting Started on your Research

Finding images of Greek and Roman Gods

Below are some options for finding information on or images of art depicting Greek and Roman deities, festivals. etc.. This would include works from the Greco-Roman period along with works from later periods that were inspired by the classical world.

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Quick Articles on the Greek and Roman Religion

Below are some reference sources on Greek and Roman religion. They should provide a short explanation of who is who as well as possible resources for a deeper understanding. 

Resources - Databases

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