Greek vs Roman Gods - what's the difference?

Updated: Sep 14



We are lovers of all things ancient history, and that includes Ancient Roman History. But we have to be honest when we say that the Romans were really good at conquering nations and then stealing the best bits (hmmm...sound familiar?)


One of the things the Romans kept when they conquered Greece were their deities...they just changed the names! So if you've wondered what the Roman OR the Greek counterparts are, we're here to help!




GREEK NAME

ROMAN NAME

ROLE

​Zeus

Jupiter

King of the Gods (God of Thunder)

Hera

Juno

Queen of the Gods (Goddess of Marriage)

Poseidon

Neptune

God of the Sea

Cronus

Saturn

Father of Zeus

Aphrodite

Venus

Goddess of Love

Hades

Pluto

God of the Underworld

Demeter

Ceres

Goddess of the Harvest

Hephaestus

Vulcan

God of the Forge

Apollo

Apollo

God of Music, Light & Reason

Athena

Minerva

Goddess of Wisdom & Victory

Artemis

Diana

Goddess of the Hunt

Ares

Mars

God of War

Hermes

Mercury

God of Messages

Dionysus

Bacchus

God of Wine

Persephone

Proserpine

Goddess of Spring (Queen of the Underworld)

Eros

Cupid

God of Love

Gaia

Terra

Goddess of the Earth

Hypnos

Somnus

God of Sleep