Roman Gods

We have taken a slightly different approach to our latest topic, Roman Gods and Goddesses, providing a brief introduction to some of the better known figures and follow up work requiring further thinking or research. This week we look at four:
Saturn was the king of the Roman gods and the god of time, wealth and agriculture. He is similar to the Greek god Cronus. He had a wife called Ops and they had a number of children: Neptune, Pluto, Ceres, Juno, Vesta and Jupiter.
Ops was queen of the Roman gods and goddess of the earth and harvest. Her name means ‘plenty’ and she was a goddess of abundance and wealth. She is similar to the Greek goddess Rhea.
Jupiter (or Jove as he is also known) followed Saturn as the king of the Roman gods and the Roman god of the sky. Jupiter is similar to the Greek god Zeus. He was worshipped in his temple on Capitoline Hill. His symbols were the thunderbolt and the eagle, which was his sacred animal. The eagle became one of the most common symbols of the Roman army and it can be seen combined with a thunderbolt on many Roman coins.
Juno followed Ops as the queen of the Roman gods and the goddess of marriage and childbirth. She is similar to the Greek goddess Hera. She was the daughter of Saturn and Ops and was married to her brother Jupiter, who was the king of the gods.
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