Roman Deities



The indigitamenta, probably meaning something like “invoked deities,” were ancient lists of deities, known largely from the fragments of Varro’s Divine Antiquities

The gods compiled in the indigitamenta tended to be minor deities whose functions were given by their names. For example, the goddess Paventia—whose name stems from the Latin word for “fear”—was associated with the sudden fear experienced by children. These gods seem to have been regarded as subordinate beings who served the more important deities honored in Rome.[1]