Throughout the history of Rome, religion had played a great role in its society and was involved in almost every aspect of the life of the Roman citizen. It was common for eachhouse to have its own patron god(dess). Great festivals were held in honor of certain gods and would include spectacles such as chariot races and Gladiatorial fights. The religious practices of theancient Romans are best remembered with grand temples, festivals and Christian persecution to the final acceptance of Christianity within the Roman Empire over the traditional pagan religions.
Romancontact influenced and indeed, helped create, British Religion in major ways. While in many respects, Roman and Celtic religion combined to form a unique and diverse British religious system, there wereseveral exceptions. One was the persecution and eventual dissolution of Druidic influence. While Celtic Paganism stayed alive, because Druidry was extinguished or pushed underground, it was missing avital part. Yet, while Roman Paganism came to encompass aspects of Celtic Paganism, a new religion was arriving on the shores of Britain called Christianity. For the best part of the Roman occupation inBritain, Christianity was a minority religion. However, it managed to dominate the religious traditions in Britain, both old and new, just in time for the Saxon invasion.
The Druids filled a highlyesteemed and vital role in Celtic society. They acted both as law makers and law enforcers, presided over sacrifices and religious functions, kept the history, mythology, and law system alive throughmemory and oral tradition, taught the youth, and influenced the nobility. It is no wonder that they posed such a threat to the Romans; yet, there has been much speculation on the specifics of whyRome was so threatened by them. So threatened, that she sought for years to put a stop to Druidic activity and religion.
A lack or lessening of Druidic priestly influence could have done nothing to...