(Latin) patron gods of a family, also called lares; famously, in Virgil`s Aeneid, Aeneas leaves Troy with his father Anchises, his son Ascanius and his penates..
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The household gods of a Roman family, originally deities of the larder, but subsequently guardians of the home known collectively as lares and penates
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In Roman mythology, the Penates (the inner ones) were the patron gods of the household store cupboard (guardians of the larder), who were worshipped in order to promote the prosperity of the household. They gradually changed into patron gods for the entire household. Their cult was closely related to that of Vesta and the Lares. They were worshippe
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Pe·na'tes noun plural
[ Latin ] (Rom. Antiq.)
The household gods of the ancient Romans. They presided over the home and the family hearth. See Lar
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The household gods of the ancient Romans. They presided over the home and the family hearth. See Lar. ... Origin: L. ... Source: Websters Dictionary ... (01 Mar 1998) ...
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• (n. pl.) The household gods of the ancient Romans. They presided over the home and the family hearth. See Lar.
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household gods of the Romans and other Latin peoples. In the narrow sense, they were gods of the penus (`household provision`), but by extension ... [2 related articles]
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penates (punā'tēz) , in Roman religion, household gods, primarily guardians of the storeroom. Theirs was the chief cult of every Roman household, especially in early times. They were worshiped in connection with the lares and, as guardians of the hearth, with Vesta. Every household w...
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