Ritual Killing in Ancient Rome: Homicide and Roman Superiority

  • Dawn F Carver Colorado State University Pueblo
  • Jasmine Watson Colorado State University Pueblo
  • Jason Curtiss Jr. Colorado State University Pueblo
Keywords: Rome, Sacrifice, Religion, Ritual, Homicide

Abstract

This research paper will explore the changing nature of human sacrifice in Ancient Rome as attitudes shifted away from the idea of human sacrifice. Ancient Romans outlawed human sacrifice after increasing discomfort, but ritual killing still occurred because it was justified in a way that preserved Roman superiority. This paper will examine how the ancient Romans interpreted the favor of the gods to perform ritual killings, and we will explain why it was justified, according to the Ancient Romans, to differentiate between human sacrifice and ritual killing. This paper will use a combination of primary and secondary sources to analyze the role of homicide in ancient Roman religion.

 

Author Biographies

Dawn F Carver, Colorado State University Pueblo
Dawn is a student majoring in History at CSU-Pueblo. Upon graduation Dawn will be pursing a Master in History.
Jasmine Watson, Colorado State University Pueblo
Jasmine is a dual degree seeking student pursuing a degree in history and psychology.
Jason Curtiss Jr., Colorado State University Pueblo
Jason is a student pursuing a degree in history.
Published
2018-05-04
Section
Humanities