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A School Girl's Guide to Roman Mythology

Roman mythology is the body of traditional stories pertaining to ancient Rome's legendary origins and religious system, as represented in the literature and visual arts of the Romans. The 12 Roman Gods were: Jupiter, Juno, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Venus, Apollo, Diana, Minerva, Ceres, Vulcan, and Vesta. Jupiter held thunderbolts in his hands, which he could throw from the sky. I decided to write about roman mythology because I'm currently reading "Son of Neptune" by Rick Riordan, it's the second book in The Heroes of Olympus series. I'm currently watching gods school while I'm writing this so it's kinda ironic that I'm writing about roman mythology when it's a series about Greek gods. Speaking of Greek myth, the first thing I want to talk about is the connection between the two mythologies. Even though Roman and Greek mythology are descriptive and elaborate both forms of mythologies have a major difference. They are still almost the same Mythology. Roman Mythology was created almost 1000 years later but it adopted the ideas of Greek mythology and “paraphrased” those ideas as their own. Roman gods and goddesses were named after objects and did not possess a gender, whereas Greek gods were decided by human characteristics and traits. As Greek gods predated Roman gods, Roman mythology would take the Greek deity and assign a Roman object that would fit the description of the Greek god. Yet, a shallow dive into their gods show striking similarities. The Greeks, for instance, had Zeus and the Roman counterpart was Jupiter. Both were considered King of the Gods and held the power of lightning. Hera was the Greek goddess of marriage, while the Romans had Juno. Although Greek Gods are arguably better known, Greek and Roman mythology often have the same gods with different names because many Roman Gods are borrowed from Greek mythology, often with different traits. For example, Cupid is the Roman god of love and Eros is the Greek god of love. Greek Gods Predated Roman Gods. The first major difference between Roman gods and Greek gods is the time period. Greek mythology predates Roman mythology over 1,000 years. For example, Homer's The Iliad was written 700 years before Roman civilization came into formation. That's all I could find for the similarities of Greek and Roman mythology. Early Roman mythology tells the story of how Rome was founded by two twin gods named Romulus and Remus. Romulus and Remus both wished to found a new city. Romulus wanted to found it on Palatine Hill, but Remus disagreed and wanted to found it on Aventine Hill. They had a fight and Romulus killed Remus. Jupiter is the God of the Gods in the Roman pantheon. He is the God of the sky and the light, therefore he controls the weather and nature; he also protects all the laws and the state. He married his sister, Juno and his parents were Saturn and Opis. Neptune is the brother of Jupiter, also son of Saturn. I couldn't find more about roman mythology because it's not that commonly talked about so I couldn't find much more. I hope you enjoyed it.



PS: I'm going to be posting a lot more than usual so if you want to give me any suggestions I would really appreciate it.

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