The Romans placed great importance upon the favor of their Gods. They believed that they watched over the family and had to be appeased to secure good fortune. Many Roman houses would have a shrine or small temple for their household spirits or ‘lares’. The head of the household would conduct prayers around this shrine each day as part of their efforts to protect their family. These shrines would usually honor the Roman gods, but they could also feature deities from other pantheons. These included the Egyptian Goddess Isis and Harpocrates, a god from the Hellenistic religion of Egypt, an amalgamation of aspects from Egyptian, Greek, and Roman beliefs.

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