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Roman mythology, themythological beliefs of the people ofAncient Rome, can be considered as having two parts. One part, largely later and literary, consists of whole-cloth borrowings fromGreek mythology. The other, largely early and cultic, functioned in very different ways from its Greek counterpart.
1 Nature of early Roman myth1.1 Early mythology about the gods1.2 Early mythology about Roman history
2 Native Roman and Italic gods3 Foreign gods4 Major Roman deities5 See also6 External links7 Sources
[edit] Nature of early Roman myth
The Romans had no sequential narratives about their gods comparable to theTitanomachy or the seduction ofZeus byHera until their poets began to adopt Greek models in the later part of theRoman Republic. What the Romans did have, however, were:
a highly developed system of rituals, priestly colleges, and pantheons of related gods. a rich set of historical myths about the foundation and rise of their city involving human actors, with occasional divine interventions.
[edit] Early mythology about the gods
The Romanmodel involved a very different way of defining and thinking about gods than that of Greek gods. For example, if one were to ask a Greek aboutDemeter, he might reply with the well-known story of her grief at the rape ofPersephone byHades.
An archaic Roman, by contrast, would tell you thatCeres had an official priest called a flamen, who was junior to theflamens ofJupiter,Mars, andQuirinus, but senior to the flamens ofFlora andPomona. He might tell you that she was grouped in a triad with two other agricultural gods,Liber andLibera. And he might even be able to rattle off all of the minor gods with specialized functions who attended her: Sarritor (weeding), Messor (harvesting), Convector (carting), Conditor (storing), Insitor (sowing), and dozens more.
Thus the archaic Roman "mythology", at least concerning the gods, was made up not of narratives, but rather of interlocking and complex interrelations between and among gods and humans.
The originalreligion of the early Romans was modified by the addition of numerous and conflicting beliefs in later times, and by the assimilation of a vast amount ofGreek mythology. We know what little we do about early Roman religion not through contemporary accounts, but from later writers who sought to salvage old traditions from the desuetude into which they were falling, such as the1st century BC scholarMarcus Terentius Varro. Other classical writers, such as the poetOvid in hisFasti (Calendar), were strongly influenced byHellenistic civilization models, and in their works they frequently employed Greek beliefs to fill gaps in the Roman tradition.
[edit] Early mythology about Roman history
In contrast to the dearth of narrative material about the gods, the Romans had a rich panoply of legends about the foundation and early growth of their own city. In addition to these largely home-grown traditions, material from Greek heroic legend was grafted onto this native stock at an early date, renderingAeneas, for example, an ancestor ofRomulus and Remus.
TheAeneid and the first few books ofLivy are the best extant sources for this human mythology.
[edit] Native Roman and Italic gods

Statue of Ceres carrying fruit.
The Roman ritual practice of the official priesthoods clearly distinguishes two classes of gods, the di indigetes and the di novensides or novensiles. The indigetes were the original gods of the Roman state (seeList of Di Indigetes), and their names and nature are indicated by the titles of the earliest priests and by the fixed festivals of the calendar; 30 such gods were honored with special festivals. The novensides were later divinities whose cults were introduced to the city in the historical period, usually at a known date and in response to a specific crisis or felt need. Early Roman divinities included, in addition to the di indigetes, a host of so-called specialist gods whose names were invoked in the carrying out of various activities, such as harvesting. Fragments of old ritual accompanying such acts as plowing or sowing reveal that at every stage of the operation a separate deity was invoked, the name of each deity being regularly derived from the verb for the operation. Such divinities may be grouped under the general term of attendant, or auxiliary, gods, who were invoked along with the greater deities. Early Romancult was not so much a polytheism as a polydemonism: the worshipers‘ concepts of the invoked beings consisted of little more than their names and functions, and the being‘s numen, or "power", manifested itself in highly specialized ways.
The character of the indigetes and their festivals show that the early Romans were not only members of an agricultural community but also were fond of fighting and much engaged in war. The gods represented distinctly the practical needs of daily life, as felt by the Roman community to which they belonged. They were scrupulously accorded the rites and offerings considered proper. Thus,Janus andVesta guarded the door and hearth, theLares protected the field and house, Pales the pasture,Saturn the sowing,Ceres the growth of the grain, Pomona the fruit, and Consus and Ops the harvest. Even the majesticJupiter, the ruler of the gods, was honored for the aid his rains might give to the farms and vineyards. In his more encompassing character he was considered, through his weapon of lightning, the director of human activity and, by his widespread domain, the protector of the Romans in their military activities beyond the borders of their own community. Prominent in early times were the godsMars andQuirinus, who were often identified with each other. Mars was a god of war; he was honored in March and October. Quirinus is thought by modern scholars to have been the patron of the armed community in time of peace.
At the head of the earliestpantheon were the triad Jupiter, Mars, and Quirinus (whose three priests, or flamens, were of the highest order), and Janus and Vesta. These gods in early times had little individuality, and their personal histories lacked marriages and genealogies. Unlike the gods of the Greeks, they were not considered to function in the manner of mortals, and thus not many accounts of their activities exist. This older worship was associated withNuma Pompilius, the second king of Rome, who was believed to have had as his consort and adviser the Roman goddess of fountains and childbirth,Egeria, who is often identified as anymph in later literary sources. New elements were added at a relatively early date, however. To the royal house of the Tarquins was ascribed by legend the establishment of the great Capitoline triad, Jupiter,Juno, andMinerva, which assumed the supreme place in Roman religion. Other additions were the worship ofDiana on theAventine Hill and the introduction of theSibylline books, prophecies of world history, which, according to legend, were purchased by Tarquin in the late6th century BC from the Cumaean Sibyl.
[edit] Foreign gods
The absorption of neighboring local gods took place as the Roman state conquered the surrounding territory. The Romans commonly granted the local gods of the conquered territory the same honors as the earlier gods who had been regarded as peculiar to the Roman state. In many instances the newly acquired deities were formally invited to take up their abode in new sanctuaries at Rome. In203 BC, the cult object embodyingCybele was removed from Phrygian Pessinos and ceremoniously welcomed to Rome. Moreover, the growth of the city attracted foreigners, who were allowed to continue the worship of their own gods. In this wayMithras came to Rome and his popularity in the legions spread his cult as far afield as Britain. In addition toCastor and Pollux, the conquered settlements inItaly seem to have contributed to the Roman pantheon Diana, Minerva, Hercules, Venus, and other deities of lesser rank, some of whom were Italic divinities, others originally derived from the Greek culture ofMagna Graecia. The important Roman deities were eventually identified with the moreanthropomorphic Greek gods and goddesses, and assumed many of their attributes and myths.
[edit] Major Roman deities

Cupid, god ofromance and love.

Diana, goddess of the moon and hunting

Fortuna, goddess of fortune and fate

Juno, queen of the gods

Jupiter, king of the gods

Mars, god of war

Mercury, messenger god

Minerva, goddess of wisdom

Neptune, god of the sea

Venus, goddess of love and beauty

Pluto, king of theunderworld

Saturn, god of agriculture

Vulcan, god of smithing
[edit] See also
ArriaDi indigetesGreek deities and their Roman and Etruscan counterpartsGreek mythologyGreek religionPronoucing classical Greek and Latin names in EnglishList of Roman deitiesList of films based on Greco-Roman mythologyMythology of same-sex loveReligion in ancient RomeRoman StandardsRoman temple