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« Reply #15: October 04, 2008, 10:23:09 pm »

Jupiter and Zeus are not as different as say Ares and Mars (which are about as different as you can get in the war god department).  How different the major Roman Gods are from their Greek counterparts varies with the pair of deities in question.

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« Reply #16: October 04, 2008, 10:29:19 pm »

Ok I see.

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You might really want to consider joining up on the Nova Roma mailing list (or another Roman Recon list) for some of the questions and site suggestions.

I hate to say it, but we don't really have many Roman Recons posting here right now and I know the Roman era is pretty late for me and Randall both. There's still good information here, but we've always had more Greek types than Roman types and you'll start running us out of info before long.  Tongue
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« Reply #17: October 04, 2008, 10:33:07 pm »

INsearch,

You might really want to consider joining up on the Nova Roma mailing list (or another Roman Recon list) for some of the questions and site suggestions.

I hate to say it, but we don't really have many Roman Recons posting here right now and I know the Roman era is pretty late for me and Randall both. There's still good information here, but we've always had more Greek types than Roman types and you'll start running us out of info before long.  Tongue

Yeah I know  Smiley  I was thinking about joining the Nova Roma mailing list  Smiley  I have looked through it some of it confuses me but I think thats what I am going to do.  I do believe that you and others practicing as a Hellenic will be able to hopefully help me in someway  Smiley  I dont know how close these two religions are but they seem close enough to get some counsel from you guys  Smiley  oh and yeah no matter what forum I go to I am this "Question Monster"  sometimes theirs no stopping me haha.
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« Reply #18: October 04, 2008, 11:08:16 pm »

How I remember it is that the Romans originally didn't anthropomorphize their gods. 

It was after they encountered the Etruscans and, later, the Greeks that they started telling myths and making images.  When they did they borrowed a lot from the cultures that they encountered instead of coming up with everything from scratch.

For Romans, the world was filled with gods. Some were their gods with familiar names and functions, some were other people's gods with names and functions familiar to those people, some were unknown but there, some decided to step in and become Roman gods... If need be, a person could be made god(dess) after death. You could call Romans a practical lot when it came to gods. Cheesy

To put it simplified: So, if Greek - who Romans looked up to - had all those fancy myths about their gods, why couldn't they? If  getting things started mythwise required borrowing Greeks, why not do it? If the Roman gods disliked getting wonderful stories told about them, they'd show their displeasure.

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For example, Athena and Minerva have very different personalities but were similar enough that the Romans applied Athena's myths and other characteristics to Minerva. 

Along that line, yes.

"The Roman gods are Greek" is a simplification. While it gives the basic idea of a lesser known pantheon (or rather, the main deities of it) through a well-known one, it's still a simplification. As an example, Mars could be called to aid for a sick person, to defend  her/him against the disease. I wouldn't call on Ares...
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« Reply #19: October 04, 2008, 11:09:25 pm »

Yeah I know  Smiley  I was thinking about joining the Nova Roma mailing list  Smiley  I have looked through it some of it confuses me but I think thats what I am going to do.  I do believe that you and others practicing as a Hellenic will be able to hopefully help me in someway  Smiley  I dont know how close these two religions are but they seem close enough to get some counsel from you guys  Smiley  oh and yeah no matter what forum I go to I am this "Question Monster"  sometimes theirs no stopping me haha.

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« Reply #20: October 05, 2008, 09:01:40 am »

I dont know how close these two religions are but they seem close enough to get some counsel from you guys  Smiley 

Yes and no. The two pantheons are generally very similar at a quick glance, but somewhat to very different at a deeper look. This is even more true when you get into the practical aspects of how to worship the Gods. So while knowledgeable Hellenic Pagans can answer questions on Roman religion, their answers may be more true for Hellenic practices and beliefs than for Roman.  Another thing to remember is that neither religion was static. Beliefs, practices, myths, and even which deities were commonly worshiped changed with time. Most Hellenic Pagans concentrate on the so-called "Classical Era" (which was a time before there was a lot of contract with Rome). By the time the Romans were more active in the area, the classical era had ended and some of the Greek religious practices, beliefs, myths, etc. they encountered would be different from the ones most Hellenic Pagans are most familiar with.
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