lares and penates


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lares and penates

the home.
In ancient Rome, the lares and penates were the protective gods of a household, and they came to be used to signify the home itself. The phrase lares and penates is generally used to refer to those things that are considered to be the essential elements of someone's home; in 1775 Horace Walpole wrote in a letter ‘I am returned to my own Lares and Penates—to my dogs and cats’.
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