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Greek and Roman Gods: Mythology for Kids

It all started innocently enough.  I had just finished The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, the first book in his new chapter book series post Percy Jackson.  It’s a great read and I highly recommend it, as does my 5th grade daughter.  (Don’t worry, Percy and Annabeth are in the series).  Roman versus Greek Gods were occupying my mind. Riordan does a great job converging the two sets of seemingly similar deities yet pointing out the differences between the two (who knew?!).  I was always more partial to the Greek Gods myself and now I know why.  They were the gentler, kinder version.  Less warlike. More human.  More … interesting.

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And yet the Romans left their indelible mark on the world to this day.  It’s not just the arch or the aqua-duct … it’s the Toga.  As in Toga Party Animal House style.  But look how well it cleans up!

Toga Gowns on the Red Carpet:  Ancient Rome Influences in Hollywood!

Megan Fox in a white jersey side cowl gown by Kaufman Franco.

Gywneth Paltrow in a Lanvin white toga-style frock with Gladiator inspired shoes  from Balmain — a double dose of Ancient Roman culture!

Rihanna in a black toga dress.  Designer unknown and is the material leather?!  Only Rihanna knows!

Jennifer Love Hewitt in a white Elsie Katz Couture gown.

Jessica Biel in a black and white Emilio Pucci toga dress. (I think this photo gave my computer a virus!)

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What do you think?  It’s your chance to vote on who wore it best (and to ponder the influences from ancient Rome and how they still permeate our culture today.)  On to the education portion of our program.

Greek versus Roman Gods

If you are studying for a Mythology quiz or just want to know the names of the deities from Ancient Rome versus Ancient Greece, here is a handy chart courtesy of


Lord of the sky and supreme ruler of the gods. Known for throwing lightening bolts.
Ruler of the sea. Brother of Zeus. Carried a three-pronged spear known as a trident.
Ruler of the underworld and the dead. Brother of Zeus. Had a helmet which rendered its wearer invisible.
A virgin goddess and sister of Zeus. No distinct personality or part in myths. Goddess of the Hearth, the symbol of the home.
Zeus’s wife and sister. Protector of marriage, spent most of her time punishing the many women Zeus fell in love with. Likes cows and peacocks.
God of war and son of Zeus and Hera. Likes vultures and dogs.
Daughter of Zeus alone. No mother.(?) She sprang from his head full-grown and in full armor. The protector of civilized life, handicrafts, and agriculture. Invented the bridle, and first to tame the horse. Likes Athens, olives, and owls.
Son of Zeus. Master musician, archer god, healer, god of light, god of truth, sun god. A busy god who likes the laurel tree, dolphins, and crows.
Daughter of Zeus. Goddess of Love and Beauty. Likes the myrtle tree, doves, sparrows, and swans.
Son of Zeus. Wore wings on his sandals and his hat, thus was graceful and swift.
Apollo’s twin sister and daughter of Zeus. Lady of wild things and huntsman to the gods. As Apollo is the Sun, Artemis is the moon.
Son of Hera, God of Fire. The only ugly and deformed god. Makes armor and weapons forged under volcanoes.


Mother Earth.
God of medicine.
God of the sky; Ruler of the Titans (Roman mythology: God of agriculture)
Goddess of grain.
God of wine and vegetation.
God of love.
God of sleep.
Wife of Cronus/Saturn. Mother Goddess.
God of the sky. Father of the Titans.
Nike Victoria Goddess of Victory
And even more from if you didn’t find the God you were seeking.  And now on to the food.  I’m going with Italian in keeping with the Ancient Roman these for Teach Me Tuesday.  Full disclosure:  I did not make this recipe yet but I had it last week at my school’s progressive dinner.  It’s delicious!  The hostess served it over polenta but pasta would also be good.  She was kind enough to share the recipe.
The Recipe:  Sweet and Savory Sausage Sauce from The Figs Table by Todd English.
The Figs Table, Todd English,,, Pragmatic Mom, pasta sauce delicious easy and great to freeze for later

1 lb. garlic sausage, taken out of casing and crumbled  (I tend to double the amount of sausage to make it a meatier sauce for a main course. You can also use chicken or turkey sausage.)

3-4 cloves of garlic (chopped or pressed)

1 tsp each of chopped rosemary and thyme

1 yellow or spanish onion roughly chopped

Place a Dutch Oven or Stockpot over medium high heat and when it is hot add the sausage. When the fat begins to render, add garlic, rosemary and thyme. Cook until lightly toasted (about 2 minutes). Add onion, lower heat to low, and cook until almost carmelized, 15-20 minutes.

1 cup white wine

3 cups homemade or canned veal, beef or chicken broth (I use Trader Joe Chicken Broth if I don’t have homemade, it’s my favorite brand for broth)

2 anchovy fillets finely chopped

Two 28 oz cans of diced tomatoes (I like Muir Glen Roasted Tomatoes the best)

1 tsp each of chopped rosemary and thyme

1 T butter (optional)

Deglaze pan with wine andscrape all brown bits off bottom and sides. Add broth and allow to reduce for 15 – 20 minutes or until it is thickened to a syrup (mine has never gotten to the consistency of a syrup, he must mean Vermont maple syprup). Add the anchovies, tomatoes and the additional rosemary and thyme. Simmer covered for 20-30 minutes until flavors meld. Add butter if desired (I didn’t do this).

Serve immediately.  This can also be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator up to 3 days. I like to make it and freeze it for easy meals during the week.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. vix

    1. Cronus/Saturn is time not sky
    2. it is politicly corect to name the twelve olympians first then moving on to hades and hestia. meaning move dionysus and demeter.

  2. Ann

    Togas – not the most figure flattering! The recipe sounds good; my daughter loves Greek Myths – crazy stories!!!

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