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In Greek mythology there was a god or goddess for practically every natural event or phenomenon All of the gods lived on Mount Olympus When the Romans borrowed many of the gods from the Greeks many gods were the same with only different names For instance Zeus became Jupiter and Poseidon became Neptune Some new gods were created and others were left out Each god had distinguished accomplishments and many things that are known today have a said history involving the gods Zeus or the Roman Jupiter is the father of all direct gods and is symbolized by the thunderbolt or eagle Mt Etna was supposedly formed when Zeus buried a giant and angry raging bull in the ground Hera or Juno is Zeuss wife is the queen of gods and ruler of goddesses Mars or Ares is the goddess of war Minerva or Athena is the goddess of wisdom Hades or Pluto is the ruler of the underworld Neptune or Poseidon god of the sea is said to have first created the magical four-legged animals that divided into unicorns and normal horses Brush and Davis 67 Some other minor and less important gods and goddesses explain ideas and simply give an explanation to why things happen and what causes them Spiders are scientifically called arachnids because in myth the master of weaving named Arachnes was challenged to a contest against a mortal Supposedly the mortal won and the goddess Arachnes was changed into an eight-legged creature Herzberg 36 Eros more commonly known as Cupid was an angel-like boy who practiced archery He was donned at a young age the ability to shoot people with magical arrows that caused them to fall in love Vesta or Hestia the goddess of the home and hearth had 6 priestesses who built a sacred fire with special properties Janus the overseer has two faces pointing in two opposite directions This may be familiar as the Janus Mutual Funds
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