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INTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY - Rome. From the founding of the Roman empire to its fall in A.D. 476, Rome dominated Europe and much of North Africa, the Near East, and Asia Minor.

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Introduction to mythology rome

INTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY - Rome


Ancient rome

From the founding of the Roman empire to its fall in A.D. 476, Rome dominated Europe and much of North Africa, the Near East, and Asia Minor.

Although Rome's early history is difficult to separate from the legends that formed around it, the city appears to have begun as a community of central Italian peoples known as Latins. The Latins merged with the Etruscans, who had come to Italy from Asia Minor before 800 B.C.

Ancient Rome


Roman

The ancient Romans were great builders. They built the Colosseum, a huge public entertainment center that could hold 70,000 spectators. It was built of concrete, faced with stone, as were most amphitheaters. It was built in the early days of the Roman Empire, around 70 CE.

Roman


Roman myths

The ancient Romans appropriated (a nice word for "stole") their culture from the Greeks, whose creativity they greatly admired. Along with other facets of Greek culture, the Romans adopted the Greek myths as well--making sure they changed the names from Greek to Latin. Zeus became Jupiter, Hera became Juno, Hermes became Mercury, etc.

Roman Myths


The gods

There were many thousands of Roman gods. The ancient Romans believed that gods lived everywhere - in trees, under a bush, by the side of the road, in a burrow, in a flower, in a stream, under the bed, and perhaps even in the stove in your house. There was even a deity who lived inside the latch that opened the door to each home.

The Gods


Heroes

Jupiter – Chief god, god of rain, lightning and ruled over laws and social order

Mars – god of vegetation and war

Neptune – god of the sea

Venus – goddess of love and beauty

Heroes


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