Lost Gods: How the Romans Conquered Greek Beliefs And Adapted Them

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Published on October 21, 2020 by

In the 8th century BC, when the Greek city-states were coming to power, a group of tribes occupied the hills above the Tiber in Italy. They were farmers, and their gods were the Numan, faceless and formless spirits manifested in the powers of nature and the cycles of the seasons. But, as they grew into an empire that stretched from the Atlantic to the Dead Sea their gods would take on different forms. By the 2nd century AD, 85 thousand kilometres of paved roads carried their laws, currency, legions and beliefs to over four hundred nations. Their art, architecture and engineering genius still generates wonder today. It was Horus, one of their most famous poets who urged them carpe diem. And in their day, they would seize the territories, treasuries and gods of other civilisations. They were the Romans.

From a time before time was first measured, humankind has pondered the question of God. As the image of that god formed in their mind, they fashioned it in wood, paint and stone and housed it in holy places. The ancient world was populated with gods beyond counting. Today, just one God dominates the world of believers. Where have the old gods gone? Our quest is to peel away the layers of time to examine the civilizations that brought the gods to power and honoured them with art and architecture and to discover the ultimate fate of the Lost Gods.

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