Temple Nehalenniae

Temple Nehalenniae


The Romans were very religious people. They believed the conquests of the Roman legions to be a reward from the gods. Besides, the emperors saw themselves as descendants of the gods. A Roman could not imagine a life without the gods. Rituals such as offerings, vows and spells were part of daily life.

In general, the Romans were tolerant of the religious beliefs of the peoples they had conquered. The only thing they would demand of the native population was to worship the official Roman state gods as well, next to their own gods. As the Germans and Celts themselves believed in several gods, this melting of religions was no problem. Often the native people even adopted Roman rituals in their own cult. The word ‘templum’ means sacred place. The temple was often not one building but consisted of a whole complex with several parts. The temple complex in Archeon consists of a walled courtyard, a pillar dedicated to Jupiter, an annex (all found in Maastricht) and a main building (found, among others, in Cuijk).

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