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Names of Roman Goddesses
The roles and names of Roman Goddesses. There were many female deities and divinities of ancient Rome and their names and roles are detailed in the charts in this article. According to ancient Roman mythology there were 6 major gods and six major goddesses collectively called the 'Dei Consentes' who sat on the Council of Gods and their names are the most famous. However, the charts also include the names of the primeval deities and the names of the Titans and the names of goddesses who were considered the lesser or minor deities. Additional interesting facts and information about the mythology of individual gods and goddesses of these ancient civilizations can be accessed via:

Gods and Deities

Roman Gods and Goddesses

Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses

 

 

Goddess Demeter

Picture of Ceres mourning the loss of Proserpina

Roman Goddesses
The Roman Goddesses are a combination of Roman deities and those of different civilizations, mainly the Greeks. The Romans habitually assimilated various elements from other cultures and civilisations, including the goddesses that were worshipped by the ancient Greeks. When the Roman Empire conquered the Greeks in 146BC many of the Greek goddesses were adopted by the Romans who changed their names to Latin equivalents. Examples of the counterparts of Greek and Roman Goddesses are Juno and Hera, Demeter and Ceres, Hestia and Vesta, Artemis and Diana, Athena and Minerva, Aphodite and Venus and Persephone and Proserpina.

Roles and Names of famous Roman Goddesses who sat on the Council of the Gods
The most famous of all the Roman Goddesses were the 'Dei Consentes' who sat on the Council of Gods. The domains, realms and roles of the principle Roman Goddesses according the Roman Mythology were as follows:

Names of Minor Roman Goddesses
The names of some of the notable, but minor Roman Goddesses were as follows:

Roman Goddesses and the Roman Gods Family Tree
The Principle Roman Goddesses and the relationships between the different generations of the principle goddesses are illustrated on the Roman Goddesses and Gods Family Tree and Genealogy:

Roman Gods Family Tree & Genealogy

Ancient Rome and Roman Goddesses
The ancient Roman religion and the worship of Roman Goddesses significantly differed from that of the Greeks. The Roman Goddesses were more practical as opposed to the romantic notions of the Greeks. Every vocation and every household transaction had its presiding Roman goddesses. Roman religion was officially endorsed by the state and exerted considerable influence over the government of Rome. The Roman Goddesses and gods were consulted before important decisions were made, such as going to war. Rites and ceremonies were practised to interpret the will of the gods and goddesses by studying various omens such as the the entrails of animals, the flight patterns of the birds and the interpretation of dreams and natural phenomena. The Romans also practised blood sacrifices.

Animal Sacrifice

Animal Sacrifice to Juno

Sacrifices to Roman Goddesses
Roman Goddesses were worshipped at every public event, including the gladiatorial games, where blood sacrifices were made to the Roman Goddesses. A marble altar was set in the middle of the arena of the Roman Colosseum complete with a burning fire. The altar at the Colosseum was dedicated to the worship of of Diana, Pluto and Jupiter. The sex of the sacrificial animal had to correspond to the sex of the god to whom it was offered. White animals were sacrificed to the gods of the upper world whereas black victims to the deities of the under world. A cow, bull or an ox was the most common animal selected for sacrifice. Other sacrifices to Roman goddesses were milk, honey, flowers and perfumes.

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