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ABOVE:  The god Mercury sneaks up on the sleeping guardian, Argus.
 
ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
 
The ancient Romans appropriated (a nice word for "stole") their culture from the Greeks, whose creativity they greatly admired.  Along with other facets of Greek culture, the Romans adopted the Greek myths as well--making sure they changed the names from Greek to Latin.  Zeus became Jupiter, Hera became Juno, Hermes became Mercury, etc.   While Greek and Roman myths are often lumped together with the convenient adjective Greco-Roman, there are still subtle differences in the ways both cultures viewed the myths.  The greatest Roman epic is the Aeneid written by the poet Virgil in emulation of Homer's style.  It tells the story of Aeneas, the legendary founding father of Rome.
 
Below you will find several resources that deal specifically with Roman myths.
 

Find out more about Roman culture and the lives of famous Romans. The information presented here deals primarily with the time period surrounding the death of Julius Caesar.
 
 
In this tale, which comes from the Roman poet Virgil's masterpiece the Aeneid, the Trojan warrior Aeneas escapes from the burning city of Troy.  With his city destroyed, his quest becomes to find a new home for the citizens a Troy, a home that will be even more famous than Troy, a home that will one day become Rome.
 
 
Since Aeneas is seeking to establish a utopia, this assignment gives students a chance to design their own utopia, complete with their own set of laws.  
 
 
This handout tells the story of the brothers Remus and Romulus from the historian Livy's History of Rome.
 
 
This radio drama performed by Chatterbox Audio re-tells the Roman love myth of Cupid and Psyche.
 
 
This 2-player game asks players to design a racetrack on a piece of graph paper and then race by moving one space at a time.
 
 
 




  
 
 
 
 


 
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