Saturday, October 23, 2010

Interesting Facts About the Roman God Jupiter

Interesting Facts About the Roman God 

Here are some of the most interesting and notable facts about Jupiter as a Roman god.

  1. In Roman mythology, Jupiter or Jove is the supreme god. He’s the king of the gods and the god of the sky and thunder

2.      The largest planet on the Solar system was named after him.

3.      He is in charge of all atmospheric conditions and had many special functions.

4.      He is called Optimus Maximus – the Best and Greatest and was worshipped as god of the state in his temple at the Capitoline Hill in Rome.

5.      He directed the course of human affairs and revealed the future events by producing omens in the heavens.

6.      The color of the day is white and this is sacred to Jupiter. His priest wore white robes and only white animals were sacrificed to him. White horses drew his chariot.

  1. Thursday, which is originally Iovis Dies in Latin, is named after Jove/Jupiter.
  2. Mars, the Roman’s most favorite god, is Jupiter’s son to his sister/wife Juno
  3. Jupiter is the grandfather of Romulus and Remus – legendary founders of Rome.
  4. Jupiter is the son of Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture and harvest. Neptune and Pluto are his brothers
  5. Mercury is also Jupiter’s son, the messenger of the gods and goddesses.
  6. Minerva (the goddess of wisdom and poetry) and Vulcan (the god of fire) are Jupiter’s children too.
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