Template talk:Ancient Roman religion

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I know this was a bold move, but the template didn't seem to reflect WP's coverage of Religion in ancient Rome. Some items seemed minor and arbitrarily chosen, while some major topics and deities (Bacchus! Proserpina!) were omitted. Many of the 'lesser deities' were vanishingly obscure. I also reordered the Di consentes to follow that of Livy. Cynwolfe (talk) 23:29, 28 April 2010 (UTC)

Good for you. That's soooo much better. Haploidavey (talk) 21:24, 1 May 2010 (UTC)


An unidentified user deleted Priapus. Although Priapus was an imported deity, he was treated as a god in Rome, albeit often a comic one. He appears often in literature, as in Ovid's Fasti and the Priapeia, and in art — many people with relatively little knowledge of ancient Rome are familiar with his depictions at Pompeii. There are lesser-known gods who may be more authentically a part of Archaic Roman religion, but Wikipedia is a generalist encyclopedia, and more readers will have heard of Priapus and be curious about him. And Apollo is found in Rome under his same Greek name, too. So I would argue that the general interest in Priapus merits a place in the template. Cynwolfe (talk) 03:49, 6 June 2010 (UTC)


Although I've long thought that a scene from the Mysteries is not the best way to illustrate this template, the main article for which is Religion in ancient Rome, neither is the mythological scene that recently replaced it, which is used as the main image for Roman mythology. For now, I've replaced the image with the same one used for Template:Priesthoods of ancient Rome. I would prefer that the two templates not have the same image, but this one has the virtue of actually illustrating traditional Roman religious practice at an identifiably Roman site. Thanks for discussion this. (I hope this will not become a discussion in which we have to deal with the difference between religion and mythology.) Cynwolfe (talk) 18:34, 28 August 2011 (UTC)