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penates (pənā´tēz), in Roman religion, household gods, primarily guardians of the storeroom. Theirs was the chief cult of every Roman household, especially in early times. They were worshiped in connection with the lares and, as guardians of the hearth, with Vesta. Every household was said to possess images of the penates, to whom offerings were made before each meal. Penates were also public gods, protectors of the community and state.

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penates in ancient Rome, household gods worshipped in conjunction with Vesta and the lares; the name comes from Latin penus ‘provision of food’, related to penes ‘within’.

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penates Ancient Roman gods of the household, worshipped at home in association with the lares (spirits of ancestors). Originally the penates were the spirits of the store room.

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penates household gods of the Romans. XVI. — L. Penātēs pl., f. penus provision of food.

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