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Greek and Roman Mythology. A Review of The Principal Gods and Goddesses. What is a myth?. A traditional story rooted in primitive folk beliefs of cultures Uses the supernatural to interpret natural events Explains the culture’s view of the universe and the nature of humanity.

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Greek and roman mythology

Greek and Roman Mythology

A Review


The Principal Gods and Goddesses

What is a myth
What is a myth?

  • A traditional story rooted in primitive folk beliefs of cultures

  • Uses the supernatural to interpret natural events

  • Explains the culture’s view of the universe and the nature of humanity

In the beginning
In the beginning...

  • …was Chaos (shapeless nothingness)

  • Chaos had two children:

    • Night (darkness)

    • Erebus (death)

  • “All was black, empty, silent, endless.”

  • Mysteriously, Love was born of darkness and death.

And then
And then...

  • When Love was born, order and beauty began to flourish.

  • Love created Light and Day.

  • Earth was created.

    • She was the solid ground, but also a personality.

  • The Earth bore Heaven to cover her and be a home for the gods.

The first parents
The First Parents

  • Mother Earth = Gaea (Gaia)

  • Father Heaven = Ouranos (Uranus)

  • They had three kinds of children:

    • Three monsters with 100 hands and 50 heads

    • Three cyclopes

    • The titans

  • These were the first characters that had the appearance of life, although it was unlike any life known to man.

The titans the elder gods
The Titans (The Elder Gods)

  • There were many of them.

  • Enormous size, incredible strength

  • Cronos (Saturn): Ruler of the titans

  • Rhea: Wife of Cronos

  • Ocean: River that encircled the world

  • Iapetus: Father of Prometheus, Epimetheus, and Atlas (also titans)

The principal gods

Cronos and Rhea were parents of

Zeus (Jupiter, Jove)

Poseidon (Neptune)

Hades (Pluto)

Hera (Juno)

Hestia (Vesta)

Demeter (Ceres)

Other Olympians include

Athena (Minerva)

Ares (Mars)

Hebe (Juventas)

Hephaestus (Vulcan)

Apollo (Apollo)

Artemis (Diana)

Hermes (Mercury)

Aphrodite (Venus)

Dionysus (Bacchus)


The Principal Gods


  • Roman Name: Jupiter (also Jove)

  • Supreme god of the Olympians.

  • Fathered many characters in mythology


  • Roman Name: Juno

  • Zeus’s sister and wife

  • Jealous protector of marriage

  • Punished the women Zeus fell in love with


  • Roman Name: Neptune

  • God of the Seas and Waters

  • “The Earthshaker”


  • Roman Name: Pluto

  • God of the Underworld/ Dead

  • Kidnapped Persephone


  • Roman Name: Vesta

  • Goddess of Home

  • Powerful Protector


  • Roman Name: Ceres

  • Goddess of the Harvest

  • A Goddess of the Earth


  • Roman Name: Minerva

  • Goddess of Wisdom and War

  • Sprang from Zeus’s head


  • Roman Name: Mars

  • God of War

  • Son of Zeus and Hera

  • Bloodthirsty and merciless


  • Roman Name: Vulcan (Mulciber)

  • God of Fire/Forge

  • Son of Zeus and Hera

  • Kind, unlike his brother


  • Roman Name: Apollo

  • God of Light/Sun and Music

  • Brother of Artemis


  • Roman Name: Diana

  • Goddess of the Moon/ Hunt

  • Sister to Apollo


  • Roman Name: Mercury

  • Messenger of the Gods

  • Appears in more myths than any other character


  • Roman Name: Venus

  • Goddess of Love and Beauty

  • Sprang from the ocean foam


  • Roman Name: Bacchus

  • God of Wine

  • Patron god of the Greek stage

  • A God of the Earth


  • Roman Name: Proserpina

  • Goddess of the Underworld

  • Daughter of Zeus and Demeter

  • Abducted by Hades


  • Roman Name: Juventas

  • Goddess of Youth

  • Cupbearer to the Gods

  • Restored youth to the aged


  • Roman Name: Cupid

  • Young God of Love

  • Son of Aphrodite and Hephaestus


  • Goddess of the Rainbow

  • Messenger for Zeus and Hera

  • Daughter of the titan Thaumus and the nymph Electra

The muses

Nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne

Inspired artists of all kinds

Goddesses who presided over the arts and sciences

“He is happy whom the muses love.”

The Muses

Clio, Urania, Thalia, Melpomene, Erato, Calliope, Euterpe, Terpsichore, Polyhymnia

The graces
The Graces

  • Three Goddesses of Grace and Beauty

  • “They give life its bloom.”

  • Aglaia (Splendor)

  • Euphrosyne (Mirth)

  • Thalia (Good Cheer)

The erinnyes the furies
The Erinnyes (The Furies)

  • Roman Name: Furiae or Dirae (The Furies)

  • Three Goddesses of Vengeance

    • Tisiphone

    • Alecto

    • Megaera

  • They punish evildoers.

The fates
The Fates

  • Roman Name: Parcae, Moirae

  • Three sisters

    • Clotho (“The Spinner”)

    • Lachesis (“The disposer of lots”)

    • Atropos (“The cutter”)

  • They weave, measure, and cut the thread of life for humans.

The satyrs
The Satyrs

  • Gods of the woods and mountains

  • “Shepherd gods”

  • Goat men (like Pan)

  • Companions of Dionysus

  • They like to drink, dance, and chase nymphs.

The gorgons
The Gorgons

  • Three snake-haired monsters

  • Medusa is most well-known

  • Their look turns men to stone.

The centaurs
The Centaurs

  • Half man, half horse

  • Savage creatures (except Chiron)

  • Followers of Dionysus


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