Although the ancient Romans were inspired by the mythology of their neighbors, the Greeks, they also had their own myths and traditions. The tale of the founding of Rome by Romulus, as well as the stories of heroism and duty to the city (such as that of the Horatii, or of the brave Cloelia), are all part of Roman legend. However, Roman myths tend to have a slightly different focus than Greek myths, for many Roman tales seem to have a more historical flavor. To be sure, the legends of Greece were often regarded as having some basis in reality (for example, the Trojan War as a real historical event), but they are somehow more endowed with lyricism, the innate imagination of the poet than the somewhat pragmatic tales of the Romans. That being noted, we invite you to read about the Roman myths, and come to your own conclusions about these compelling stories of heroes and gods.
Gods & Goddesses
| the Roman pantheon and other spirits - featuring such favorites as Diana, Jupiter, and Janus
Heroes & Heroines
| Roman mortals of myth and legend, including Aeneas, Camilla, and Hercules
| this list features recommended books that contain information about Roman myth and artThe Mythography Forum
| visit the Mythography forum for engaging discussions about Roman mythology!
| use the Mythography lexicon if you are looking for information about Latin words - it is the place to find meanings for Roman terms
Who's Who in Classical Mythology
This book is a great source for information about Greek and Roman mythology! Organized alphabetically, this who's who features information about over 1200 of the most intriguing characters from Classical myth and legend.
The stories of Classical myth come to life in Bulfinch's book. This edition also features legends from other cultures.
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