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Comparison of Greek and Roman Gods

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on 17 September 2012

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Greek and Roman Gods Overview Greek Gods Both Greek and Romans were polytheistic and believed that there were many gods who controlled all aspects of human life. Even though the Greeks were before the Romans, they had many of the same parallels. As you compare side by side these gods from Greece and Rome, you see that they are identical. Here are some of the examples. ZEUS IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY, ZEUS WAS THE KING OF THE GODS, RULER OF OLYMPUS AND THE GREEKS BELIEVEDTHAT ZEUS WAS THE MOST POWERFUL GOD EVEN MORE POWERFUL THEN ALL THE OTHERS COMBINED. JUPITER JUPITER IS THE SUPREME GOD OF THE ROMAN PANTHEON. MANY OF THE SAME BELIEFS THAT THE GREEKS HAVE ABOUT ZEUS, JUPITER SHARES WITH THE ROMANS. PLUTO HADES BOTH GREEK AND ROMAN RELEGIONS
THIER FIRCE TEMPERS. Neptune and Poseidon were known as the Gods of the Sea and Earthquakes. It was common that sailors would make sacrifices to the sea including horses to help them have safe travel. Aphrodite-----Venus Aphrodite and Venus were both Known as the
Goddesses of love, sex, marriage and beauty. Ares Mars Gods of War and were known for their hot temper and for sneaking away with his lover Aphrodite/Venus. Facts from the beginning Beliefs about their Gods The Roles Role of Mortals Revered traits Physical Forms Time Comparison Literary Origin Nature of Gods After Life Traits Description Roman and Greek Mythology both derived from a collection of stories and myths about their gods, heroes, and the natural world Ancient Greece lasted from about 8th century BC to the 6th century BC Greek mythology derived from Homor in the book Illiad Roman derived from the book Aeneid The Greek origin of mythology is not known. Romans have been shown that they actually stole most of their beliefs from the Greeks. Greeks- Their Gods and Goddesses were based upon human personality traits such as Love, Honor, Hatred, and Dignity. Romans had a different outlook, they named their gods after objects instead of traits. Greeks were focused on their physical life on earth rather then their afterlife. The Romans strongly felt that their good deeds on Earth would recognized in heaven. Each of the Greek gods had characteristics that would influence the way they acted. Each of the Roman God's actions were not influenced by their characteristics. Greek
They believed in individualism, which means that the actions of a group were not as consequential as the actions of an individual Romans
on the other hand they were far more disciplined then the Greeks and were more focused on actions rather than words. In the Greek culture, creativity was far more important and then physical works. They honored the poet. Romans focused on actions rather words and the warrior was honored above everyone else. Greek Gods were the embellishment of perfection. They had gorgeous muscles, eyes, and hair would enhance their physical appearance. They were not given a physical form and represented only in the imagination of people. The Romans stole the physical appearances of each of the Greek Gods. Apollo/ Phoebus Apollo- He was the God of light, prophecy, music
and healing Apollo Athena or Minerva Goddess of wisdom, strategy and warfare. During the time of the Trojan war, she was very active and worshiped for her warfare and strategy. Hermes/ Mercury He messenger of the gods, but he also known as the helpful god and was his duty to bring the dead to the underworld Hera/ Juno She was Queen of the Gods, and also known as the Goddess of Marriage and Childbirth. She was known for her jealous and vengeful attitude. Conclusion As shown by this presentation one can confer that the Romans stole much of the greek beliefs and that the Roman gods were identical to the Greeks. Roman mythology came about 1000 years after Greek mythology.
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