Trinity DelCiampoMrs. JohnsonLatin 3AOctober 30, 2017Roman Ruler Numa Pompilius was the second king of Rome. He was of Sabine origin, which is now more commonly known as Italian.
Pompilius lived from 753-673 BC. Rome was at peace for forty-three years during his rule from 715-673 BC. During his rule he mainly focused on uniting the people of Rome and making religion an important aspect of their people’s culture so it would implement structure into their daily lives. Numa Pompilius is a Religious and cultural figure to the people of Rome for all of the things he accomplished that still are prominent in today’s culture. During his forty-three years of rule he accomplished many things for the people of Rome. His most significant accomplishment would be the Temple of Janus.
The Temple doors were open in times of war and closed in times of peace. Some of his other major accomplishments are the formation of the religious, 365 day calendar. Pompilius also founded Rome’s early religious institutions such as the Vestal virgins; the cults of Mars, Jupiter; the office of Pontifex Maximus; the flamens (sacred priests) and the worship of Terminus. Numa Pompilius is known as the “father of Roman culture”. During his rule he implemented values such as love and peace into Roman’s minds rather than Rome’s common ideas of war. He was able to do so by avoiding war and keeping Rome at peace throughout his entire forty-three year rule.
He turned barbarians into civilized functioning members of society and united people of different ethnicities despite their differences. Pompilius did this successfully by dividing the people of Rome into pagi and establishing the traditional occupational guilds of Rome. Thus ridding Rome of its ethnic divide and united its people. Works CitedCavazzi, F. “The Roman Kings.” Roman Empire, 7 Apr. 2012.
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