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Unformatted text preview: Roman Gods To the Romans their gods were an important part of their lives and were treated as part of their families. The Romans had many gods that they thought were just like them but only bigger. The most important gods to the Romans were the Greek gods who lived on a mountain called Olympus, they just called the Greek gods by Roman names. Just like the Greeks, the Romans had wondrous and fantastic stories about their gods. Usually they built their temples to just one or sometimes two of the gods. But sometimes they build wonderful temples to all of their gods and this building was called a pantheon. In the days of the Roman Empire the Roman people also believed that their Emperors were gods and made sacrifices to them. Of course, the Emperors were not gods and sometimes they were not good rulers. Roman Gods: Jupiter Was the king of the gods and was the god that ruled the sky. Jupiter’s weapon was the Thunderbolt, thunder and lightening. He ruled all the gods and they were afraid of him. The Romans believed that Jupiter protected the City of Rome and they built a huge temple to him. Juno Was the wife of Jupiter, queen of the gods and she was the goddess of women and marriage. She was the mother of Mars. Roman women gave thanks to Juno in a festival called Matronalia. The month of June comes from her name. Juno could be very fierce and she too could hurl thunderbolts. Juno is always shown with her favourite bird the peacock. Neptune Was Jupiter’s brother and was god of the sea. He is always shown with a trident which is like a big fork with three prongs. Neptune rode through the sea on dolphins or horses, he was also god of earthquakes and was called the earth shaker. Neptune also had a fierce temper and storms and earthquakes were a show of his furious rage. Questions: 1. What did the Romans think their gods looked like? …………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………….. …………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………….....
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