Published online by Cambridge University Press: 24 September 2020
Romans, like ourselves, had many ways of imagining the future. They had premonitions and dreams, and sought foreknowledge from prophets, oracles and astrologers, and they tried to constrain the future with plans, precautions and restrictions. And like us too, they expressed many of their ideas about the future implicitly in habits and routines. In this chapter I aim to explore some ways in which ritual practice reveals Roman attitudes to the future, taking as its starting point the epigraphic records set up by the priestly college of the Arval Brothers during the first centuries CE.