This page cannot be viewed in frames

Go to page

If you have found a spelling error, please, notify us by selecting that text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

Evocatio – icluding foreign deities

This post is also available in: Polish (polski)

At a time when the Romans conquered other peoples of Italy, the custom was invented to take over the worship of at least some of his deities while destroying a hostile city.

The Romans did it for fear of the secret powers of powerful beings. They guessed that if the deity was taken away from the honor and sacrifices it was accustomed to, it could have revenge on the conquerors. However, if the god gets a new, sometimes better seat, he will show grace and friendship to a pious and hospitable city. Such ceremonial transfer of deities in Rome had its name: evocatio, or calling, from one place to another. In this way, the Romans took over the gods of the peoples that they conquered: Etruscan, Greek, Egyptian, etc.

Author: Martyna Rydzak
Sources
  • Aleksander Krawczuk, Mitologia starożytnej Italii

IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!

Your financial help is needed, in order to maintain and develop the website. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server. I believe that I can count on a wide support that will allow me to devote myself more to my work and passion, to maximize the improvement of the website and to present history of ancient Romans in an interesting form.

Support IMPERIUM ROMANUM!

News from world of ancient Rome

If you want to be up to date with news and discoveries from the world of ancient Rome, subscribe to the newsletter.

Subscribe to newsletter!

Roman bookstore

I encourage you to buy interesting books about the history of ancient Rome and antiquity.

Check out bookstore

Spelling error report

The following text will be sent to our editors: