In public high school here in Greensboro, NC, USA, we were taught that the Roman Gods were nothing but renamed Greek gods. This is not true! Roman mythology's roots are from the Etruscans. Then as Rome started to conquer land, they would incorporate the gods of the conquered into their religion. Rome wouldn't have been able to grow so large and remain so large for so many centuries if they hadn't assimilated other cultures.
For example, Mars was originally god of spring, growth in nature, and fertility and the protector of cattle. It was after Rome conquered Greece when Mars became the god of war.
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