Compare And Contrast Greek And Roman Gods

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The Greek and Roman gods /goddesses have been known for over thousands of years, their tales and stories have influenced each other and our society today. This is due to that the two cultures, over long periods of time, have mingled and impacted each other greatly. This led to the share about all of the myths and tales that we sometimes hear today. Roman and Greek mythology have much in common, but they also contrast each other greatly, because of this they have influenced our society today.
The creation the gods, or what “Is also called Theogony” (The Creation) is what the Greeks believed in. It all started with Chaos, the origin of everything. Erebus (the personification of darkness) submerged out of chaos, followed by love and light. When
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The Greek name for the god with the title “King of the gods” is Zeus; the Roman name given to this god is Jupiter. The Greek name for the goddess of marriage is Hera; the Roman name that this goddess holds is Juno. The Roman name for the god of the sea is Neptune; where the Greek name is Poseidon. The son of Uranus is known as Cronus in Greek mythology but was known as Saturn in Roman mythology. The list of gods goes on for there are 12 Olympian gods and goddess. Remarkably, even though each culture has different names for the gods and goddesses, the gods and goddesses have the same attributes regardless of culture. These gods and goddess were believed to have ruled from above, in Roman and Greek mythology. Each culture believed in six gods and six goddesses as well as mortals, and demi gods. In fact, the Romans and Greeks both feared their gods rather than loved them. This is because the people were scared of all of the power they held, and what the gods could do with that power, which in some cases they believed was …show more content…
“Greek mythology was chronicled in the epic Illiad by Homer.” (Lang, Jean. Book of Myths - the Original Classic Edition) Despite this, the exact origin of Greek mythology still remains a mystery. The Roman civilization started in 753 B.C.. Some say, “many Roman gods borrowed the Greek mythology and myths of Roman creation from the Greeks.” (Greek Gods vs Roman Gods). The Greek gods and goddesses were known to have personalities, human features, and traits; where Roman gods were not gender specific but fell into place with the myths that were told. The Greeks actually believed in a physical form for their gods. Based on all of the statues of the gods, the people must have portrayed with perfect muscular bodies, with enhanced facial features. While the “Roman gods were not given physical form and represented only in the imagination of the people.” (Lang, Jean. Book of Myths - the Original Classic Edition). The idea of the “after life” was different as well, for the Greeks focused more on the “Importance of the physical life on earth rather than eventuality of the afterlife.” (Lang, Jean. Book of Myths - the Original Classic Edition). The Romans on the other hand, believed that they had to strive for their place in the after life to be like the gods/goddesses and/or the mortals. The actions of the gods and mortals were very individual in the Greek culture, where for the Romans the gods and

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