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Greek vs Roman - Rituals, Rites, Beliefs and Ceremonies, Gods, Mythology
This Greek vs Roman guide provides a chart of similarities and differences between beliefs and practises

Greek vs Roman
The Greek vs Roman guide provides a comparison chart containing the similarities and differences of the beliefs and practises, rituals and ceremonies practised by the Ancient Greeks and the ancient Romans. This Greek vs Roman Chart explores the attitudes and beliefs of the two cultures and how these differences were manifested in the behaviours of the two nations. Interesting facts and information in the Greek vs Roman chart and guide.

Greek vs Roman Guide
Consider the attitudes, mythology, creativity and time period in the Greek vs Roman guide. The nature of their gods, the priests and how they were worshipped. The effect of the state governed Roman religion and many other factors in the Greek vs Roman chart. Additional, intriguing information about gods and the beliefs of the ancient civilizations of Rome and Greece are also available via:

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Differences, Similarities and Comparison of Greek vs Roman Beliefs
There were many similarities between the roles, attributes, symbols and characters of the Greek vs Roman gods but their forms of worship and their religions had significant differences. The following chart provides details of the differences, similarities and a comparison between Greek vs Roman gods, mythology, beliefs and practises.

Greek vs Roman Comparison Chart

Comparison

The Greeks

The Romans

Greek vs Roman AttitudesGreeks revered the poetRomans revered the warrior
Greek vs Roman MythologyPoetical & fanciful myths about individualsPractical myths focussing on the gods relevance to everyday life and the Roman state
Greek vs Roman CreativityThe Greeks were highly imaginative and developed their fantastic mythologyThe Romans borrowed existing mythology, names were changed. Stories of the wars and founders of Rome were included in their mythology
Greek vs Roman Time PeriodGreek mythology was
developed first
Roman mythology was developed
1000 years later
Greek vs Roman Nature of the godsGreek mythology focussed on the personality traits of godsRoman mythology focussed on practical roles and achievements
Greek vs Roman ActionsIndividualistic, emphasis placed on the heroic deeds and achievements and actions of individualsNon-Individualistic, emphasis placed on the achievements and actions of Romans and Rome
Greek vs Roman PoliticsGreek religion had little influence on politicsRoman religion was officially endorsed by the state and exerted considerable influence over the government of Rome
ComparisonThe GreeksThe Romans

Greek vs Roman Comparison Chart

There were many similarities between the roles, attributes, symbols and characters of the Greek vs Roman gods but their forms of worship and their religions had significant differences. The following chart provides details of the differences, similarities and a comparison between Greek vs Roman gods, mythology, beliefs and practises.

Greek vs Roman Comparison Chart
ComparisonThe GreeksThe Romans
Greek vs Roman PriestsGreek priests were revered as teachers and healers of individualsRoman Politicians took the offices of influential priests, called pontiffs, to gain control of the people and popular worship
Greek vs Roman SuperstitionsGreeks were less superstitious than the RomansRites and ceremonies were practised to interpret the will of the gods by studying omens Flight patterns of birds, dream interpretation. Priests called Augurs 'read' the entrails of animal sacrifices.
Greek vs Roman FestivalsFewer festivalsNumerous festivals, about one day in four was set apart for the worship of particular gods, celebrated by feasts, games and sacrifices
Greek vs Roman GamesOlympic style gamesGladiatorial games
Greek vs Roman Public WorshipTheiaRoman gods were worshipped at every public event, including the gladiatorial games
Greek vs Roman OfferingsVotive religion, based on the exchange of gifts (offerings) for the gods blessings. Based on appeasing the gods and requesting their help to avenge enemies.
Romans used 'Curse tablets'
Greek vs Roman Blood SacrificesGreeks made blood sacrifices but the killing of animals were not part of the ceremoniesHighly public blood sacrifices and killing
Greek vs Roman Household GodsLess emphasis on household gods and ancestorsFamilies would honor their household spirits
and ancestors
ComparisonThe GreeksThe Romans
Greek vs Roman Comparison Chart

Picture of the Vestal Virgins

Picture of the Vestal Virgins, the priestesses of the goddess Vesta

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Animal Sacrifice

Animal Sacrifice

Greek vs Roman - Differences between Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses
The Roman religion and the worship of Roman gods and goddesses significantly differed from those of the Greeks. The Roman gods and goddesses were more practical as opposed to the romantic notions of the Greeks. Every vocation and every household transaction had its presiding Roman gods or goddesses. Roman religion was officially endorsed by the state and exerted considerable influence over the government of Rome. The Roman gods and goddesses were consulted before important decisions were made, such as going to war. Rites and ceremonies were practised to interpret the will of the gods by studying various omens such as the flight patterns of the birds, the behaviour of animals and the interpretation of dreams and natural phenomena. Priests called Augurs 'read' the entrails of animal sacrifices. Politicians took the offices of influential priests, called pontiffs, to gain control of the people and popular worship, Roman gods and goddesses were worshipped at every public event, including the gladiatorial games, where blood sacrifices were made to the Roman gods and goddesses.

 

 
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