That isn't entirely true. The Roman`s definitely took foreign gods from around the Mediterranean, as well as created their own, and their adaptation of Poseidon was Neptune. In Roman mythology, Neptune was the brother of Jupiter and Pluto, just as Poseidon was the brother of their Greek counterparts Zeus and Hades. Poseidon was not part of their pantheon once Neptune came to exist and did not then worship him. An emperor would not rage war with a god they did not believe existed. They existed in different societies at different times, not concurrently.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 9:54:49 PM
There is an error of thinking going on in this thread that is quite common. Roman gods were not just renamed greek gods.
Poseidon =/= Neptune any more than Jesus Christ = Mohammed or Buddha = Kali.
They were very similar but MANY polytheistic cultures had very similar gods. They all had gods to explain everything (the reason religions are invented). So they all have gods of the ocean or gods of lightning or gods of the underworld.
There was some sharing and appropriation, but for the most part, both sets of deities existed independently and concurrently.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 4:47:57 PM
Right @HG! You just talk ABOUT me using 3rd party members as a platform. How very mature!
Obsessed? In your dreams! Who is the one carrying a grudge all this time? I don't treat you any differently than a half-dozen other "perpetual trolls" at IAB... if you behave yourself? I talk nicely to (or about) you.
If you (or others) are a liar, troll, jerk or slanderous? I point that out too. Not so politely of course.
I can "self-identify" as a tiger, that doesn`t make it true.
A little "furry cosplay" never hurt anyone... @Tiger.