A Goddess particularly relevant within the Traditional Roman Religion, maybe poorly known and studied today, is Victoria. She is strictly linked to the deeper sense and meaning of Ludi, already mentioned and described, and to the life of a society in its more traditional perspective.
The importance of Victoria is also evidenced by the strong resistance the most important leaders of the Traditional Roman Religion expressed against the removal of her Statue from the Senate. For this aim, here it's also important to remind the name of Q. Aurelius Simmacus, one of the most relevant and shining figure among the defenders of Mos Maiorum during a period of global decline in the IV and V century A.D.
Why did the major leaders of the Traditional Roman Religion at that time strongly struggle to hamper the removal of the Victoria's Statue from the Senate? It's thus evident that this Goddess had some fundamental role in the Traditional Religion.
Victoria is an extremely complex Goddess: here it is possible to cite only some essential characteristics.
Victoria is first of all the sacralization of the "Triumphal Force" in a very broad sense. She is Triumphan Force in a battle or at War, but also during the Ludi or munera: she is a Force freeing energies and euphoria. But she is also a Triumphal Force against the Death. Victoria, standing up over her war cart, is the sacralization of the "Trascending Re-birth". For this reason, Ludi were essentially aimed to awake this Mystical Savior Force totally based on Action.
Victoria is thus the sacralization of the active exaltation (opposed to passive contemplation), linked not only to the fight but also to Dance (see Salii, Luperci, Arvalii).
This Goddess is also linked to the lar victor, lar martis et pacis triunphalis or those Forces "who founded the City and created the Empire". Victoria is not only a force emerging from the Action, but is a Triumphant Force against Chaos, against destruction and dis-order. And Rome and the Roman Empire are the most perfect materialization of this Divine Order.
Every victory has its own sacred meaning and sense and the Imperator becomes the manifestation of a mystical force which, thanks to Victoria, actually transformed him putting him over a mystical dimension and level. For this reason the Imperator and the Winner were placed, during a triumphal rite, over the shields, becasue the shield was the symbol of the Sky. This rite thus made the Winner and the Imperator like Jupiter.
For this reason Rome, a political tool for the realization of the Divine Order prevailing over Chaos, disgregation, destruction and dis-order, so highly considered Victoria because she finally represented the inner soul of the Roman power and fides. The Imperator's health, the integrity of the Roman State and Society (with the related community of families) and the reason of Rome's existence itself depended totally uponVictoria.
Within this perspective, considering the Chaos, the global decline and the diffusion of any degrading and profane expression characterizing these dark times of human decline, the Cult of Victoria still detains a critical role as essential fundamental of the Traditional Roman Religion.