The Parentalia and Feralia: Appeasing the Ancestors

Tombs in Pompeii

The Romans held their dead in great respect. They were di manes, the ‘good’ dead, and honoured ancestors never to be forgotten. It was customary for living relatives to visit deceased family member’s graves on their birthday, to celebrate and remember. But twice a year, Roman society publicly honoured the dead. Romans celebrated the Lemuria […]