Greek vs Roman Gods - what's the difference?

Updated: Sep 14, 2021



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

Nike

Victoria

Goddess of Victory

Eos

Aurora

Goddess of the Dawn

Pan

Faunus

God of Sheperds

Selene

Luna

Goddess of the Moon

Helios

Sol

God of the Sun


But wait...there's more!


Similar to Ancient Egypt, the Greeks had a God, Goddess, Spirit or Virtue for pretty much everything. Throughout Greek Mythology you'll find references to the 13 Olympians (the highest of the Gods), minor gods and Demi Gods (such as Heracles/Hercules).


We'll continue to add to the list, but it's a great reference (and a quick guide) for future readings!



Storytelling


Head to the Mythology page to learn more about each character in Greek Mythology - it'll help a great deal as we continue to add more stories to the list! There are some incredible stories and lessons we can learn from the ancient Greeks, so stay tuned and subscribe for more!




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