Greek and Roman Mythology

by Morgan Zaske

Reason to learn about about Greek and Roman Mythology

Roman and Greek Mythology both played a major part in each other's civilizations and was the foundation of their beliefs and religion and this should find a part in our World History education because we would learn how the Greeks influence Roman mythology and how each of the religions gods are similar but unique.

Greek's Influence on Roman Mythology

Ideas about arts, mythology, and city planning had Greek influence. There were many gods and goddesses in Greek mythology and religion that had similar characteristics and properties as Rome. They both believed in very similar gods with only the names differing for the most part.

Pictures of Roman and Greek Mythology

Greek and Roman Gods

Romans, just like the Greeks, believed in many gods and goddesses. However, there were twelve gods called “Dii Consentes” that were especially honored. The group included Jupiter, Juno, Pluto, Neptune, Venus, Mars, Apollo, Vulcan, Minerva, Ceres, Diana, Venus, and Mercury. There were also many more minor gods. The Greeks have many stories around the adventures of Zeus, Apollo, Aphrodite, and Ares, among others, The Greeks are much more concerned with physical life on earth as opposed to the afterlife. In contradiction, the Romans did good deeds to secure their place in Heaven.

How Roman Mythology Came to a End

In the year AD 312, something very important which would change Roman and Greek mythology religion forever.The emperor Constantine the Great received what he thought was a sign from the god in a dream the night before an important battle. Emperor Constantine won the battle, and therefore showed his gratitude to the Christian God by turning his entire Roman empire over to a new religion called Christianity.Empire Constantine was so successful at this conversion that the once mighty Roman Empire stayed christian from then until modern days. Countries of the western world today are largely christian because of his decision.