similar reasons. The following will explain each God or Goddess and explain how
being overthrown had eaten the five previous children. Zeus was taken to a city
called Crete and hidden from his father. As Zeus grew older and learned of what
happened he found a potion to make his father regurgitate the other children.
Once this happened they all teamed up and killed their father. Zeus then became
predominant power holder of Roman Gods. He was ruler of the sky, the daylight,
all the weather, and even the thunder and lightening. Jupiter helped drive back
the Sabines. His temple was built in the Capitol, and newly elected counsels
her husband was having and often tormented or harmed the mistresses he was
fooling around with. Although, when she went too far, or tried to cause death,
Zeus would intervene and stop her. Hera tried to ship wreak Heracles on his
mountain with an anvil tied to each ankle. The two had four children together.
Juno, Hera?s counterpart, was the wife of Jupiter. Juno was the protector of
women, especially those who are married. Women often gave offerings to Juno to
Zeus. He gained Hell, as his share in conquering their father. He is most known
arrangements for her to be allowed on Earth for two-thirds of the year and in
with her and when she returns to the Underworld she leaves winter behind her.
Pluto, the Roman God of the Underworld, who?s name also means rich. It
reflects the rich mineral resources beneath the ground and the rich resources
above the earth. In art he is shown with the Horn of Plenty. This horn is most
head. His name was thought of to be bad luck, and therefore was hardly mentioned
he was seen or portrayed he would be fully armed and ready for battle. Any cause
important god after Jupiter. The month March was named after Mars, and was also
the first month of the Roman calendar. March was the month when agriculture was
reborn and when most people engaged in war. Mars was given his own priest and
was Aphrodite. She was married to the Smith God, Hephaestus, but left him for
the God of War. She favored the Trojans during the Trojan War. She was known to
have angry mood swings and all the gods and mortals paid dearly for it.
Aphrodite and Venus were counterparts in mythology. Venus, The Roman Goddess of
gardens and vegetation. Festivals during the month of April were in recognition
his arrow. Her plans backfired and an arrow accidentally touched her. She fell
with him. She was so anxious to be with him that she tried to persuade him not
to hunt any longer, but he did and got killed by a boar. The name Venus means
?beauty? or ?charm.? Poseidon was one of the Olympian deities of the
(not rivers) and earthquakes (Clayton 158). He had similar powers of Zeus in
these fields, but was ultimately less powerful. He was mostly worshiped on the
island called Atlantis. Offerings were given to him were given when sea goers
was of little importance or worry to them. His festival was celebrated on the
height of summer during the driest time of the year. The date was July
twenty-third. The Greek God of Love, usually represented as a small chubby
winged child, was called Eros. He was usually equipped with a bow and a quiver
full of arrows. These arrows were used to induce love, as well as the lighted
torch he was sometimes shown holding. By riding on a lion or dolphin, or
breaking the thunderbolts of Zeus one would know that this indicated his power
over both gods and men. The Roman God of Love, Cupid, was also usually
represented as a small chubby naked child armed with a bow and quiver of arrows.
Mischievously he would aim ?Cupid?s darts? at will; at times causing
person they met. In classic arts he is often shown playing a game such as
quoits, but sometimes he wears a helmet and carries spear and shield to show
that even Mars, God of War, gives way to love. His encounter with Psyche shows
him in a more serious aspect (Clayton 63). Psyche would eventually be married to
Cupid, after many hardships. Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and his mistress
Leto. Born on the island of Delos with a slightly younger twin brother, Apollo.
She was the eternal virgin huntress goddess, even though she had a very
vindictive nature. She was responsible for several deaths, including Callisto
huntress. Bees and stags were animals most often associated with her. Her temple
similar to the Greek Goddess Artemis. Born on Delos with a twin brother named
Apollo, Diana was the Goddess of Hunting. She had two particular shrines in
Italy: one at Aricia on the shores of Lake Nemi, where she is known as Diana of
the Woods, and the other at Capua under the name of Diana Tifatina, known as the
her priest could be replaced by whom ever killed him. In Greek mythology the
also had the role of escorting the dead to the Underworld. He was also the
and was known for his mischief making. Often used by Zeus as an intermediary in
various situations, he was rewarded with a winged helmet and a pair of sandals,
which he used for walking the roads. Mercury was a Roman god, and son of Jupiter
and Maia. He was the messenger of Jupiter. He was often seen with the caduceus
(a wand), broad-rimmed hat, winged sandals and purse. He, like Hermes, protected
the merchants. His name has the root word ?merx? meaning merchandise.
Apollo, twin brother of Artemis, had Zeus as a father and a nymph as a mother.
He was born under the shade of a single palm tree, the only tree on the island.
Apollo?s major shrine was at Delphi, but before he could have this he had to
countryside for a long time. After slaying this creature Apollo initiated the
Pythian Games, in honor of Python. Delphi became noted for the pronouncements
made by the priests when they were in a hallucinatory state, most likely after
chewing on bay laurel leaves. The legendary Heracles, a half god warrior, came
and tried to steal the sacred tripod, emblem of Apollo. Heracles and Apollo
fought over the tripod, but Zeus separated them and returned the tripod back to
Apollo was also the God of Medicine, which was used to cure as well as attack.
Apollo was also responsible for the plague that struck the Greeks at Troy. He
herdsman. He had several love affairs with mortal girls and nymphs, a number of
whom assumed other shapes in an endeavor to escape his attentions. Greek Goddess
been warned that if Metis had a female child that a male child would follow and
eventually overthrow him. To avoid this prophecy, Zeus swallowed the infant
whole just as Metis was about to give birth. He soon had a very bad headache, so
Hephaestus took a double-sided axe and split his skull open and Athena came out
fully-grown and fully armored. Athena won the city of Athens in a contest with
Poseidon. The rules were simple; who ever could produce the best gift for
olive tree to grow. The judges declared that the olive tree was most useful and
hence she won the city. As a warlike goddess she was protector of many heroes
of Craft and Trade, including the intellect on how to do the particular craft.
Together with Juno and Jupiter she was one of the great Capitoline triad and was
introduced to Rome by an Etruscan contingent, which came to aid Romulus.
Minerva?s festival was celebrated on March Nineteenth. Demeter was the sister
of Zeus and one of the five children that was eaten by Cronus. Demeter was the
God of Fertility, and often referred to as the essential mother. Demeter had a
baby girl by the name of Persephone. Her father was Zeus, Hera?s husband as
well as Demeter?s brother. Hades kidnapped Persephone and took her to the
Underworld with him. After searching everywhere for her lost daughter, Helios
the God of the Sun, told her he saw what had happened. She vowed not to return
to the gods or continue any of her tasks till her daughter was returned. Demeter
went to Zeus and demanded that her daughter be returned from the Underworld.
Zeus agreed under the condition that she had not eaten anything while she was
down there. Zeus then found out she had eaten something, and told Demeter that
he could not bring her back from the Underworld. When she found out she withdrew
her support of earth and mankind. Demeter caused the fields to become unfertile,
and finally a deadlock was reached. Soon a compromise was reached between
Demeter, Zeus, and Hades. Persephone would be allowed to earth during the
spring, but she would be required to return to the Underworld during the winter.
Ceres, the God of Corn and Harvest, is the Roman equivalent to the Greek Goddess