The Roman God Pluto
The way of the Romans was to adopt various elements from other cultures and civilisations. This included the Roman religion which was highly influenced by the Ancient Greek religion and gave the Greek God names the equivalent Roman names. The Roman priests then adopted the mythology or stories about the Gods and Goddesses and evolved a Roman Gods Family tree detailing how each of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, like Pluto, were related. Greek and Roman religion and mythology therefore become closely entwined.
Myths about the Roman God Pluto
Mythology surrounding Pluto
The mythology and information about the Roman God Pluto
- Name: Pluto, he was known in Latin as Tertius
- Gender Male: Pluto was a Roman God
- Jurisdiction: Pluto was described as being the Roman God of Death and the Underworld. He was originally a god of precious metals which were mined underground
- Mythology: Mythical Family Tree or Relatives: Pluto was believed to be the God of Death and the Underworld
- He was the son of Saturn and Opis
- His brothers were Jupiter and Neptune
- His sisters were Vesta, Juno and Ceres
- Depiction / Description / Symbol: The cap of invisibility, a black chariot and black horses.
- Name of equivalent Greek God: Hades
- The name 'Hades' is also used to describe the Roman underworld
Festivals and Sacrifices to the Roman God Pluto
- Festivals of the Winter were associated with the festivals regarding the dead and the underworld when Pluto was particularly worshipped
Sacrifices to Pluto - During sacrifices to the Roman gods the sex of the victim had to correspond to the sex of the god to whom it was offered. White animals were given to the gods of the upper world whereas black victims to the gods of the underworld
Animal Sacrifices were made to him at the Roman Colosseum when a marble altar was set in the middle of the arena complete with a fire burning
At funeral ceremonies slaves or servants attended the funeral dressed as Pluto or Charon who were the gods of the dead.
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