Roman Mythology Essay

5388 Words Oct 17th, 1999 22 Pages
Roman Mythology

The ancient Greek and ancient Roman religion was the belief in gods.
They had similar beliefs, but also vast differences. They came from each other and gave their people a form of morality. It was composed of many meaningful gods and goddesses that all played a part in the everyday life of the average
Roman and Greek person of that time. They believed in something called polytheism. It is the belief of many gods; each given a personality, function, relationship to each other through family, and to be the subject of many myths and legends that were to be told for many of years to come. They were to become the basis for a religion that would last for hundreds of years and would yield thousands of followers to believe
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She was originally said to be the daughter of the giant
Palla, but was later said to have sprung from the forehead of Jupiter fully armed and grown. (Grolier) That is said in both religions, but in the Greek religion she is the goddess of the city, handicrafts, and agriculture. She is the inventor of the bridle, the trumpet, the flute, the pot, the rake, the plow, the yoke, the ship, and the chariot. She represented reason, wisdom, and purity. Venus was the carrier of four things in the Roman religion as: Venus
Felix; bringer of luck; Venus Victrix, bringer of victory; Venus Verticordia, protector of female chastity; and Venus Libentina, patroness of sensual pleasure. (Grolier) In Greek mythology as Aphrodite, she was the goddess of love, desire, and beauty. She is also said to have a magic girdle that makes anyone she wishes to desire her. (www. hunt) Mercury was the messenger of the Roman gods. He darted around quickly with his winged shoes and hat. He was also the god of merchants, science, astronomy, thieves, travelers, vagabonds, and of cleverness. (Grolier) In Greek mythology he is also the god of thieves and messenger of the gods. He guides the dead to the underworld and was the inventor of the lyre, pipes, musical scale, astronomy, weights and measures, boxing, gymnastics, and the carer of the olive trees. (www. hunt) Diana was at first a minor deity of the forest and woodland, but was later known as a great hunter, patron of women, and the goddess