What did the Romans believe?
There was an official Roman religion. They worshipped a family of gods
including Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, and Diana. In Rome the Emperor was
worshipped as a god. In Britain he did not become a god until he died.
As Romans moved around the Empire they took new gods. Several were
introduced to Britain. These included Isis from Egypt and Mithras from
What about British religion?
The Romans took on local religions and combined them with their own ideas.
They often paired a Roman god with a similar one from the local religion.
How did religion work in daily life?
Many people had shrines in their houses with a figure of their favourite
god. They believed it was important to keep the gods happy with gifts or
statues, like these in clay and bronze.
The gods could also help you get revenge on someone you didn't like by
putting a curse on them.
Sometimes people buried a small dead animal, such as a dog, under their
houses to protect the house and bring good luck.