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Time:06:26 pm
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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romulus214
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Time:2004-11-24 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thats interesting, where did you find this fact? I would like to find out more- =)
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ifimust
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Time:2005-06-30 10:10 am (UTC)
It's a commonly repeated idea that "the Romans created nothing". It's untrue, of course, but that doesn't stop people repeating it.

However, the direct lines from Etruscan belief through to Roman are not as clear as it might seem - very little *is* that clear. :}

You might be interested in, among others:

Ogilvie, R. M. (1969). The Romans and their Gods: In the age of Agustus. Finley, M. I. Ancient Culture and Society. London, Chatto & Windus Ltd.

Radice, B. (1971). Who's Who In The Ancient World: A handbook to the survivors of the Greek and Roman classics.

And more difficult to get hold of but interesting none the less:
Beck, R. (2000). "Ritual, Myth, Doctrine, and Initiation in the Mysteries of Mithras: New Evidence from a Cult Vessel." The Journal of Roman Studies 90: 145-180.
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