LaresGuardian spirits of the household, of crossroads, of sailors ... Roman Religion and Mythology / Lexicon
The Lares are protective spirits. The Lares are most often associated with the home and the household, but they also had other roles:
- Lares Familiares
- The protective spirits of the household. This is the most common type of Lares. Each Roman house had an altar, a lararium, for the Lares near the main entrance, often with a painted image of the Lares and the head of the family performing a sacrifice.
- Lares Compitales
- Guardian spirits of crossroads. In 7 BCE emperor Augustus had altars for the Lares Compitales and for the Genius of the Emperor made in each of 265 streets of Rome, which gave rise to the name Lares Augusti.
- Lares Viales
- Guardians of the roads.
- Lares Permarini
- Protective spirits of sailors.
- Lares Praestites
- Guardians of the State.
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The pictures above are taken in the following locations:
- House of the Vestal Virgins - The residence of the six vestal virgins in the Roman Forum (Forum Romanum, Rome, Italy)
- Penates - Guardian spirits of the pantry (Roman Religion and Mythology, Lexicon)
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