Friday, February 1

Heroes of Olympus & Roman Mythology

*Shout out to my 15yo son for creating all of the Modern Mythology units!!*

Jupiter, in Roman mythology, the supreme god. He directed the course of human life, and revealed future events by producing omens in the heavens. Jupiter was identified with the Greek god Zeus, and many of the early stories about him correspond to those told of Zeus.
The temple in Rome dedicated to all the major gods was called 'The Pantheon'. It was named after the word used for the entire collection of all the Roman gods.
The Romans believed in many different gods and goddesses. For everything imaginable they had a god or goddess in charge. Mars for example was the god of war. This meant he was good at fighting and it meant that he had most of all the soldiers at heart. A Roman soldier would hence most likely pray to Mars for strength in battle.

And so, the Romans indeed had hundreds of different gods. This entire collection of all their gods was called the Pantheon.
Read
  • Heroes of Olympus
    • Jason wakes up on a bus filled with problem kids from the Wilderness School who are headed to the Grand Canyon. He has no memory of his previous life, but seems to be with his girlfriend, Piper, and his best friend, Leo. The action takes off quickly: storm spirits attack them and capture their coach, who turns out to be a Satyr. Searching for Percy, who is missing, Annabeth arrives and takes the three to Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods. Their parents are gods in their Greek rather than Roman personae. By sunset of the solstice in three days, the teens must rescue Hera, Queen of the gods, or Porphyrion, the giant king created to destroy Zeus and unseat the gods of Olympus, will rise. Their quest takes them across the United States, sometimes flying on a mechanical, 60-foot dragon, as they use their power and wits against Medea, King Midas, and the giant cannibal Enceladus.
  • Trials of Apollo (some crossover with Greek mythology)
Make / Do
Define / Identify
  • Jupiter
  • Neptune
  • Pluto
  • Juno
  • Ceres
  • Minerva
  • Bellona
  • Mars
  • Apollo
  • Diana
  • Bacchus
  • Vulcan
  • Venus
  • Mercury
Think
  • What do you think these myths say about the Ancient Romans?
  • Which of these myths intrigues you the most?  Why?
  • Do you think the Greeks borrowed from the Romans, or the Romans borrowed from the Greeks?  Why?
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