The Roman Report – Gods & Gossip
This week we are reporting on the mighty Roman Gods. There are way too many Gods to mention, and some rather strange ones like Africus who was the God of the Southwest wind!? Adeona, who was the God of guiding children home safely, which is nice but still not quite as mighty as Zeus (actually a Greek God but known in Roman times as Jupiter. Other powerful Gods you may of heard of are Juno protector of women and Minerva goddess of craft and wisdom.
It was a tricky choice but after a lot of research we decided our top 3 favourite Gods are; Jupiter as Romans regarded him as the God of Gods and also looked after the skies and thunder. Next on the list is Apollo who is the Roman God of light, music & healing. Some awesome things to be God of there I think you’ll agree. Vejovis is probably Apollo’s most well-known son and the God of medicine. Finally Mors made it into our top 3. He was the Roman God of Death and spoke about when Mars, the Roman God of War is mentioned. Mors is said to escort dead peoples souls, or shade, down to the underworld’s gate. Often depicted in artwork as the grim reaper.
Now for some ‘Roman Gossip’. These are stories that might of happened but we are not quite sure as Roman fact and myth were often blended together. One topic of hot gossip back in Roman times was when Marcus Licinus Crassus was captured during battle. Marcus Crassus was famous for being filthy rich, his wealth was as much as the whole Roman Treasury. There are rumours that his enemies knew this so when he was captured, to kill him they poured molten gold down his throat! Ouch. Molten gold melts at 1,036 degrees centigrade, 10 times hotter than boiling water. Quite a gruesome way to go.
Several Roman authors report people collecting the blood of dead gladiators and selling it as a medicine. The Romans believed that gladiator blood had the power to cure epilepsy and would drink it as a cure. And that was just the ‘normal’ approach—others Romans would pull out the gladiators’ livers and eat them raw. Gross!
Listen to our chat with some Yr 4 students who talk about their favourite things to do with the Roman Empire.
Konrad & Alicia.
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