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  • n. The household gods, in ancient Rome, thought to watch over one's house and storeroom; by extension, one's definitive household goods.


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From Latin Penātēs, from penus ("inner part of house").


  • And in this happy spirit of filial piety he will live until his hair grows white and his hand shaky and his teeth fall out and service gives place to worship, dulia to latria, and the most revered idol among his penates is the photograph of his departed master.

    Behind the Bungalow

  • There they all are -- Marilyn and Elvis and Jackie together with Oprah and Brangelina and Barack -- a little company of domesticated deities standing in for the lares and penates who sheltered the households of ancient Rome.

    Lewis Lapham: Domesticated Deities: About Messiahs Come to Redeem Our Country, Not Govern It

  • I kissed your cloth shadow . . ." or casting back to the lares and penates of her own childhood "The ritual walk to the bakery, Fridays/before supper.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Through a large portion of his career in Germany he lived in furnished rooms, not because he did not possess furniture of his own, which was stored up, but because he paid no sort of homage to his own penates.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • He had a great sympathy for the Roman belief in the penates and lares or household gods—this was, he noted, a homely religion.

    Oikos and Logos: Chesterton's Vision of Distributism

  • For some reason known only to the various technological demons, lares and penates governing this modern age, my computer has recently decided to stop recognsing the wireless modem.

    2008 October 21 « shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

  • With terror, his children embraces: another, his penates


  • But the waves of the sea are not alone in thus keeping faith with mortal men: The warrior's weapons fail him; the citizen is buried beneath the ruins of his own penates, when engaged in paying his vows to the gods; another falls from his chariot and dashes out his ardent spirit; the glutton chokes at dinner; the niggard starves from abstinence.


  • The emperors had sometimes temples, the petty gods — the penates — had none; but all had their representations, their images.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • At such moments he was remote from her, cherishing, in some dim mental sanctuary, the lares et penates of the Chesnuts.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871


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  • Citation on lar.

    July 30, 2008