References to Greek mythology can be found all through time and in our Western culture. The influence of Greek mythology can be found in our science, arts and literature and our language, When Ancient Greece fell to the Roman Empire, Rome adapted its mythologies which still influence us today as they have through history. That is not to say that the Greek mythology Wasn’t influenced itself – Greek mythology has strong links with the bible and the late Mycenaean’s. Greek mythology has influenced our western culture in the past and is still continuing today.
Greek mythology has influenced our science quite heavily from the very start – including the naming of the planets. The first five planets (not including Earth): Mercury, Mars, Venus and Saturn were all named by the Romans after adaptations of what were originally Greek gods. Mercury is the roman equivalent of Hermes the messenger of gods and was named for the speed with which the planet moves around the sun. Mars, known for its red colour was named for the Roman equivalent of the Greek god Ares, the god of war. There is a similar pattern for Venus, Saturn and Jupiter who have all been named after the Roman equivalent of the Greek gods Aphrodite, Kronos and Zeus.
The last three planets, discovered with the invention of telescopes were named in a similar matter... [continues]
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