Roman Mythology

There were many types of religious factions existing during the same time period when ancient Rome was flourishing. The citizens of Rome however, considered one set of beliefs to be their own. This was known as the state religion. The farmers, to help them individually, started the rites that continued on until Rome\'s heyday. Some of the gods that were very beneficial were used then as a community to provide favors as good harvests, beneficial water, and protection from thieves. To make these requests and perform rites and sacrifices to the gods, there rose a hierarchy of priests and officials, originally led by the king. The basis of the religion was that gods and spirits were everywhere, influencing every aspect of life. To help sway these omnipresent gods, sacrifices and rituals were performed, which were believed to have influenced the gods in their decisions on the peasant\'s lives.