Differences and Similarities of Greek and Roman Gods

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Mythological gods are a subject that has fascinated many for centuries. Some of the more popular gods are the Greek gods and t he Roman gods. On many occasions people have confused the gods of these two ancient civilizations. For instance when a person thinks of the goddess of love they may think of Venus or Aphrodite and think that they are one and the same. They are not though, Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and Venus her Roman counter part. When thinking of the God of Love, Cupid is the first that comes to mind and therefore, he should be Aphrodite’s son but he is Venus’ son. Along with their different names, they have many variations as to how they were born how they lived and how the mortals viewed, worshipped and were influenced by them. Notice that the Roman Gods have the same names as the planets in the solar system. Mentioned in this essay (Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Uranus, mother Earth, Mars - not mentioned - Mercury, Neptune and Pluto) all gods.

Differences and Similarities of Greek and Roman Gods

Mythology in general is a subject talked about and read about through all age groups. It has been studied and philosophized about since ancient times. Some of the first theories on mythology were written by the ancient Greek author Homer in his Iliad and Odyssey. He told of the troy war, which is a war only in Greek mythology. He told of how the gods started the faux War of Troy. Where Aphrodite won a contest of who was the fairest goddess of all and these events lead to the Trojan War, homer rights mainly about the last year of the war in his Iliad. There have been other writings that tell of how the gods came to be. There are also tales of how the roman counterparts came to be. Such tales as how Cronus the Greek God became Saturn the Roman God of Agricultural and Fertility. When studying Mythology it is easy to see that the Ancient Greeks and Romans did not idealize their Gods, their Gods felt the...
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