Deity of the month: Neptune


Mosaic of Neptune in his sea-horse drawn chariot, mid 3rd century CE, from the Sousse Archeological Museum, Tunisia.


The management of water was critical in the heat of July, and was dependent on Neptune,   the Roman god of fresh water and the seas, who also protected drilling operations and wells. Neptune was identified with the Greek god Poseidon, and following the Greek tradition, his brothers were Jupiter and Pluto. He was often depicted with horses. A major festival, the Neptunalia, was held in his honor on July 23rd.  According to the 5th century writer Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius, Neptune was one of only three deities to whom it was appropriate to sacrifice a bull. The other two were Apollo and Mars.

Adapted from Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome, by Lesley Adkins and Roy A. Adkins, and The Gods of Ancient Rome, by Robert Turcan.

December Deity of the Month:

Bonus Eventus


Bonus Eventus, on the right, Antoninus Pius on the left. Photo credit: Ancients Info








Bonus Eventus was the Roman god of successful enterprises. According to The Classical Dictionary, by Charles Anthon, Bonus Eventus was represented holding a cup in his right hand, and ears of grain in his left.