Roman Gods And Goddesses

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Goddesses from the Roman Empire In ancient Rome, gods and goddesses controlled everything. They decided when it was going to rain and punished wrongdoers. They were used as explanations for daily phenomena like the changing of the seasons and why the sun disappears at night. Sometimes though, gods and goddesses were merely used to represent things, such as wisdom, marriage, the hunt, etc. Three important goddesses in Roman mythology were Diana, Juno, and Minerva. Diana was the Roman goddess of the moon and the hung (Marks 2). Blessed with eternal virginity by her father Jupiter, Diana is usually depicted as a wild, young girl always on the hunt (Bolton 143). She was actually one of three virgin goddesses in Roman mythology. The other two goddesses were Vesta and Minerva (149). Although Diana was a huntress, she was also the nurturer of children and the weak (Marks 2). Although she protected living creatures, her greatest devotion in life was to her mother. Her mother was one of Jupiter's many lovers, and when it was found that she was with child, Jupiter's wife, Juno, did everything in her power to stop her from conceiving. When the time came, and Juno could no longer prevent the pregnancy, Diana was born. Immediately afterwards, it was said that Diana was strong enough to help deliver her twin brother Apollo. Diana's devotion to her mother was because she understood the difficulty of her birth (Bolton 145). Juno, the greatest of all Roman goddesses, thought of as such because she was the wife of the almighty Jupiter. Technically, she was also his sister. Being married to such a god, she was considered the Queen of the Heavens (Bolton 57). She was the goddess of marriage and the patron deity of wives. Juno is usually portrayed wearing a crown of sorts because of her royal title (Chaline 46). As the wife of a god, you'd think she had it easy, you would be wrong.
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