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Greek & Roman deities?
By: / Beginner
Post # 1

So, I've been researching deities a lot lately because who doesn't, right? Anyways, as I was looking into the more Celtic based ones I saw that a lot of them were drawn into the Roman pantheon via epithets in one form another and despite how obvious it is, I realized that the Greek deities were likely drawn in the same way. I mean it makes sense, the Romans conquered a lot so they had to find a way to pull in everything to support their religion and mythology.

And that got me to thinking, how do people feel that worship either Roman or Greek deities towards the others? They clearly aren't the same, and have differences, but let's say as an example, someone worships Poseidon; how do they feel about Neptune and the rest of the Roman pantheon and vice versa?

Looking forward to people's thoughts and opinons on this matter!

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Re: Greek & Roman deities?
By: / Beginner
Post # 2
I can't speak for people who do, but I would imagine that it doesn't really matter what they worship, as long as the person is a decent human being.

And I don't think they would have a specific feeling towards a deity they've never researched or worked with.

Blessed be!
Lily
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Re: Greek & Roman deities?
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Post # 3
I personally worship the Greek pantheon. When I look that the gods of each there are only minor difference, I fell no coral towards the Roman gods. They where just fulfilling the needs of the people and culture of the time. The name may have change but they are the same god in practice. Although these are just my personal beliefs.
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Re: Greek & Roman deities?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 4

Actually, as far as I am concerned, they are the same. Ares and Mars? Same guy. The Romans themselves equated their Gods to being the Greek ones. More so, the differences are minor. Enyalius the Spartan God is also said to be Ares under a different name. He also has many epithets and surnames as do other Deities. The few minor differences in the stories is a bit hard to use as an example of them being completely different Gods. Now the reason why being their are differences within the Greek stories just as much. For example, Aphrodite's birth story. She has two just in the Greek Parthenon. Apollon becomes Apollo from Greek to Roman and keeps his huntress sister. Oh wow, big change! In Greek Ares uses The Star of Mars [his spear] . I could go on and on but yeah, for me Greek, to Sabine, to Roman keeps a lot of the deities and just renames them. Some think they are different Deities and that is perfectly fine. To each their own!

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Re: Greek & Roman deities?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 5

Oh! I almost forgot, here is a good link to good Hellenic information. I have a bunch more if you would like them.

http://www.theoi.com/

Ps. Enyalius is also the son of Ares by Enyo. Thought I should put that there to clarify. It's like Tom and Tom Jr when a father passes his name down to his son. At least, that is how I see it and why it does not confuse me lol.

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Re: Greek & Roman deities?
By: / Beginner
Post # 6

Thank you Syren! And thanks for the link, I've always enjoyed theoi for mythology information, it's a really good site for it. And sure, if you have more, I wouldn't mind looking through them?

That was kind of what I was thinking too, since the differences were pretty minor. That and getting opinions from practioners of either one of the traditions is really interesting in regards to this.

Although, (and this is off the top of my head) I do think there are a lot of deities that were portrayed differently under Greek and Roman mythology. But, that was likely from culture changes and maybe even rebranding, but over all they kept so many of the same traits that it is kind of obsolete.

But as you say, there are a lot of differences within the Greek mythology itself, and that's probably because of how the Greek culture had city states and each prioritized different deities, so they probably had different views on things and those different views stacked up over time. That's also likely mythology though itself in its nature since in the majority of cases they were likely oral stories that got passed around, but I don't want to get off topic here.

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Re: Greek & Roman deities?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 7

I did not see your reply before. I apologize for not responding sooner lol. I hope you find these helpful. :)

Links:

http://baringtheaegis.blogspot.com/

http://www.neokoroi.org/

https://www.thoughtco.com/gods-of-the-ancient-greeks-2561999

http://www.igreekmythology.com/greek-gods.html

https://www.greekmythology.com/Olympians/olympians.html

http://www.witchipedia.com/main:greek-gods-and-goddesses

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