1Gods presiding over a household, especially (in Roman History) the lares and penates.
- The Romans had personal household gods or spirits called ‘lares’ which were worshipped every day at home.
- This one is a New Year poem, called Lares Et Penates, inspired by the Roman concept of household gods.
- Again legend tells us that the Swallow was sacred to the Penates or household gods, and therefore to injure one would be to bring wrath upon your own house.
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