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Roman Mythology

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Sarah Flieger

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Roman Mythology Roman Religion Romans thought that there was many gods, and each god controlled something
different throughout the world.
An important Roman idea was "du ut des" which means "I give so that you will give".
The people should sacrifice to the gods, so that the gods will help them in return.
The chief god of the Romans was Jupiter.
In the eastern part of the Roman Empire, around Egypt and West Asia, many people
worshipped the emperors as their gods.
In the western part of the Roman Empire, around Europe, many people only worshipped
the emperor's guardian angel.
The Roman's did not build great mythologies like the Greeks, but they believed that
everything had a spirit. These spirits were thought to influence the good and the evil.
The Romans based their religion on rituals and sacred rites.
The Roman religion is well known for being a "pagan" religion. Pagan means "rural" or "of
the country". It was worshipped not solely by the Romans, but by other communities that were
brought into the Roman Empire.
Every Roman family, worshipped the Lares. The Lares were spirits of their dead ancestors. The
family would visit their household shrine every morning and state a prayer. Jupiter (below) Roman Myths Roman Mythology is the combination of the beliefs, rituals, and supernatural occurrences by the Romans until Christianity was finally native in the Roman Empire.
The Romans used mythology to express their religion in stories and fables.
Early Roman myths were about welfare of the home and the family.
Most Roman myths are not the same today, they usually change over an extended period of time.
In the beginning of Roman time, the Romans didn't have their own myths. It is said that they borrowed the myths of the Greeks.
Although many Roman and Greek myths are the same, the original Roman myths are mostly about historical aspects.
A couple of the most important Roman myths are "Cupid and Psyche", "Charon and the River Styx", "Romulus and Remus", and "Camilla".
Gods and Goddesses Jupiter
King of the gods.
The eagle was his messenger.
He used lightning as his weapon.
Jupiter means "Father Jove".
Romans thought that Jupiter guarded them & their city.

The wife of Jupiter and the Queen of the Gods.
She was the goddess of women and marriage.
The peacock was her bird.
The first day in each month belonged to Juno.
He was the God of the Sun.
He was also the God of music, and he played the lyre.
His most famous temple was in Delphi, Greece.
Apollo is a Greek name, but is a Roman God.

He was the God of Love.
His weapon was the bow, and anyone who got shot with the bow, suddenly fell madly in love.
In English, cupidity means greediness.
Cupid is the son of Venus.
He was the God of Time.
His weapon was the scythe.
In English, Saturnine means serious and gloomy.

Roman Empire Many legends say that rome was founded in 753 B.C
by the brothers Romulus and Remus.
Vitruvius was a Roman Architect that wrote the handbook
for architects.
Latin was the original language of the Romans.
There were many languages spoken, but Latin was the
main one.
In the beginning, the Roman Empire was a republic,
which means that the Senate controlled everything.
Later on, this changed to allowing the emperors to
control the dominion.
The Roman Empire was composed of 2.2 million square
Rome was such a popular place back then, that 1/5 of the worlds population claimed citizenship in Rome.

Sarah Flieger
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