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Jun 25

Gods and English Words: The Roman Gods 2 (Advanced)

A multitude of Roman Gods continue to live on in English in different guises, largely because the Romans seemingly had a god or a goddess for every conceivable occasion, and a disproportionate number of randy gods and goddesses who safeguarded and promoted fertility. English has rapaciously borrowed words from Latin and French that were derived from the names of these deities. Just getting through the day would...

Mar 20

Gods and English Words: The Roman Gods 1 (Advanced)

Gods in the Roman pantheon have, like their Greek counterparts, left their mark on the English language. They pop up most obviously in the names of celestial bodies and in the calendar. Six of the planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune - are Roman gods, as are two of the dwarf planets - Ceres and Pluto. In addition, Roman gods appear as the names of some of the months, with January, March and June, (and...

Nov 28

Gods and English Words: The Greek Gods 2 (Advanced)

The Golden Age of the Titans came to an end when they were supplanted by the Olympian Gods, another very active set of deities. The Olympians seemed to have little time for feasting on nectar and ambrosia on Mount Olympus, although they found plenty of time to squabble amongst themselves! The story of how they came to power is one of the most well-known and widespread of the Greek...

Nov 4

Gods and English Words: The Greek Gods 1 (Advanced)

Thousands of years ago, the Greeks worshipped a diverse bunch of gods and goddesses and developed an intricate tapestry of myths and legends regarding their actions. These deities were busy and were thought to be involved in every aspect of Ancient Greek life. In fact, the gods were so prevalent and so respected in and around Ancient Greece that their names live on, long after faith in their divinity has disappeared. The enduring legacy of these gods and the mythology that surrounds them can...