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date: 01 December 2022



  • John Scheid


Indigetes or -ites, indigitamenta, ‘invoked deities’. Both words, as well as the corresponding verb indigitare, are fairly common and there is no doubt that they mean respectively a class of Roman gods and a list of gods. The lists of indigitamenta known from the fragments of *Varro, Antiquitates divinae 14 (ed. Cardauns, 1. 64 ff.), for the most part are antiquarian compilations without cultic value (Wissowa, Ges. Abh. 304 ff.), with the exception of the deities invoked during the sacrifice to *Ceres (J. Bayet, Croyances et rites dans la Rome antique (1971), 177 ff.) and during some expiations of the *fratres arvales (Dumézil, ARR35). These lists of minor deities whose name is reduced to their function are subordinated to the major divinities whose activity they second. Nowadays there is agreement that the indigitamenta do not represent a primitive stage in formation of personalized deities.The meaning of indiges has prompted a debate.


  • Roman Myth and Religion

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