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Roman gods and goddesses
Transcript of Roman gods and goddesses
Roman Gods and Goddesses
The Romans believed in many different Gods and Goddesses. These Gods were like people, but with magical powers. The Roman gods were all part of a massive family and related in some way. There are many stories and myths about every one of them. Each God and Goddess looked after different people or things.
Greek and Roman Gods
The Greeks and the Romans had the same kinds of Gods except with different names.
The King of the Greek Gods was called Zeus, who was the God of the sky . The Roman equivalent was Jupiter who was exactly the same.
The Queen of the Greek Gods was Hera and the Queen of the Roman Gods was Juno. Both were the God of Women and had a peacock as their symbol.
Why were the Roman and the Greek Gods alike?
Well, as the Romans conquered the land around them, they would copy the ideas that they liked the most and use it as their own.
Gods- The Basics
Jupiter (Zeus) was the King of the Gods and the God of sky and light. The lightning bolt was his symbol.
Juno (Hera) was the Queen of the Gods and Jupiter's wife and sister. She was the Goddess of women and marriage.
Mercury (Hermes) was the messenger of the Gods and the God of thieves, travellers, science and businesses.
Venus (Aphrodite) was the Goddess of beauty.
Mars (Ares) was the God of war.
Neptune (Poseidon) was the God of the sea and horses.
Pluto (Hades) was the God of the underworld.
Minerva (Athena) was the Goddess of wisdom.
Diana (Artemis) was the Goddess of the moon, the hunt, nature and fertility. She is the twin of Apollo
Apollo (Apollo) was the God of the sun and music. He is the twin of Diana.
Vulcan (Hephaestus) was the God of fire, forges, blacksmiths and volcanoes.
Edkins, Jo 1999 "Roman Gods" viewed on 19.9.13 http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/roman/juno.htm
Ancient Civilizations for Kids N.D. "Ancient Greece for Kids" viewed 19.9.13 http://greece.mrdonn.info/index.html
Mercury and Apollo
Mercury steals Apollo's cows when he is a baby. (Apollo REALLY loves his cows.)
Mercury makes the cows walk backwards to make it hard to track them.
Mercury gets hungry and eats a cow and invents fire in the process.
Mercury finds a giant tortoise shell and invents the lute.
Apollo is furious at Mercury.
To make amends, Mercury gives Apollo the lute, which Apollo really likes.
Everyone is happy. ;)
BY Vaishnavi Ratnasabesar and Laura Mobini-Kesheh