Walter Pater (1839-1894), Marius the Epicurean
, chapter 1:
While, in Rome, new religions had arisen with bewildering complexity
around the dying old one, the earlier and simpler patriarchal religion,
"the religion of Numa," as people loved to fancy, lingered on with
little change amid the pastoral life, out of the habits and sentiment
of which so much of it had grown. Glimpses of such a survival we may
catch below the merely artificial attitudes of Latin pastoral poetry;
in Tibullus especially, who has preserved for us many poetic details of
old Roman religious usage.
At mihi contingat patrios celebrare Penates,
—he prays, with unaffected seriousness.
Reddereque antiquo menstrua thura Lari:
Tibullus 1.3.33-34 (tr. J.P. Postgate, rev. G.P. Goold):
And be it mine many times to stand before the shrine of my sires' Penates and offer incense, as the months come round, to the old Lar of my home.
K.F. Smith ad loc.:
For the Romans all the associations of our word home were in these lines.
See Harriet I. Flower, The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden: Religion at the Roman Street Corner
(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017), pp. 40-45 (on "Monthly Rituals at the Hearth").
John William Waterhouse, The Household Gods