In English class we have started a new unit on Greek and Roman gods. We are researching how they are connected and their powers. I watch a tv series named Rome so I already know a little bit about Roman mythology but I don’t really know much about Greek mythology. So this unit will help me learn more about both types of mythology.
The Greek name of the first god I have chosen is Artemis goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals, young girls, childbirth and plague. The second god I have chosen is Hera queen of the heavens and goddess of marriage, childbirth women, kings, heirs and empires. The Roman equivalent to Artemis is Diana goddess of the hunt, the moon, birth, animals and woodland. The Roman equivalent to Hera is Juno goddess of marriage, pregnancy and childbirth.
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Out of the two gods this one is my favorite; Artemis. Her symbols are a stag, a bear, a wolf, a falcon, hounds, her gold bow and arrows, the cypress tree, and the crescent moon. In this picture you can see the tip of her bow which is one of the symbols of hunting in ancient Greece. I think it is a weird story how Artemis was born. Artemis was the daughter of Zeus, the ruler of the Olympian gods. Zeus was secretly having an affair with Leto and impregnated her, Leto had to give birth to Artemis while being chased by the Python sent by Hera. Luckily for Leto, her first child Artemis, was birthed without any pain. However Leto had twins so her labor continued, and as weak as she was the newborn Artemis quickly took the roll as midwife and helped birth her twin brother Apollo.
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This is Hera. Hera’s symbols are the peacock, the cow and the crow. Hera and Zeus were married. But Zeus was having an affair and impregnated Leto. When Hera discovered that Leto was pregnant and that Zeus was the father she prohibited Leto from giving birth on terra-firma, or the mainland, or any island at sea. Poseidon pitied Leto so he guided her to the floating island of Delos, which was neither mainland nor a real island so Leto was able to give birth to her children on the island. As a gesture of gratitude, Delos was secured with four pillars. The island later became sacred to Apollo. Alternatively, Hera kidnapped Eileithyia,, the goddess of childbirth, to prevent Leto from going into labor. The other gods bribed Hera with a beautiful necklace nobody could resist and she finally gave in.
Hopefully today you guys have learn’t a little about greek mythology. And just to tell you, these two stories were basically the same story except from a different perspective.