AskDefine | Define penates

Extensive Definition

In Roman mythology, the Di Penates or briefly Penates were originally patron gods (really geniuses) of the storeroom, later becoming household gods guarding the entire household. They were related to the Lares, Genii and Larvae. Penates are referred to in Propertius (iv.i).
They can also be associated with the ascendancy of a Roman family, penates being the spirits of the ancestors. Roman houses used to have a little shrine at the entrance dedicated to the goddess Vesta (goddess of the home). In this shrine little statues of the penates were kept.
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Hestia, Vesta, ancestral spirits, angel, attendant godling, control, daemon, demon, fairy godmother, familiar, familiar spirit, genius, genius domus, genius loci, good angel, good genius, guardian, guardian angel, guardian spirit, guide, household gods, invisible helper, lares and penates, lares compitales, lares familiaris, lares permarini, lares praestites, lares viales, manes, ministering angel, numen, special providence, totem, tutelar god, tutelary
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