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Frescoes of charioteers holding palms and laurel wreaths, the symbols of victory, in Ostia's so-called 'House of the Charioteers'.
Lararium in the House of the Lararium, Ostia.
Each house, rich and poor, would have its own lararium, a shrine to worship the household gods, the Lares. Here they would pray for the safety and success of their household. People would also have hoped for personal exchanges with a god.
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Detail of mosaic in the house of Cupid and Psyche, Ostia.
Further images and information from the Topographical Dictionary of Ostia.
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Statue of Mithras at the Baths of Mithras, Ostia
The cult of Mithras offered an opportunity for individuals to experience religion in a more personal way as part of a special group of worshippers. In contrast to public rites, the worship of Mithras was held in small cavern-like structures, often underground, and would have been accessible only to the individuals who had completed part of the seven-stage initiation.