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Ancient Rome

During the Spring term we are learning all about Ancient Rome. Keep revisiting our page to have a look at what we are learning about as we update it with all the fun that's going on in our classroom. 

Roman Gods

The Romans believed in lots of gods. There were gods for just about everything. The Romans even took on many of the gods of the people they conquered. They especially liked the Greek gods. Many Romans had a shrine in their house to worship their personal household god.

  • Jupiter - Came from the Greek god Zeus. Jupiter was the king of the gods and god of thunder and lighting. He was the Patron God of Rome.
  • Juno - Juno was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Hera. Juno was Jupiter's wife and queen of the gods. Juno was considered the protector of Rome.
  • Mars - Mars came from the Greek god Ares. Mars was the god of war and Jupiter and Juno's son.
  • Mercury - Mercury was the equivalent of the Greek god Hermes. He was the god of trade.
  • Neptune - Neptune came from the Greek god Poseidon. He was the god of the sea and brother to Jupiter. He also was the patron of horses. Neptune's weapon was a great trident.
  • Venus - Venus was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. She was the god of love and beauty.
  • Apollo - Apollo was taken directly from Greek god Apollo. He was the god of music, poetry, and archery. His twin sister was Diana.
  • Diana - Diana was taken from the Greek goddess Artemis. She was goddess of the hunt, archery, and animals. Her symbols included the moon, the snake, and the bow and arrow.
  • Minerva - Minerva comes from the Greek goddess Athena. She was the goddess of wisdom.
  • Ceres - Ceres was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Demeter. She was goddess of agriculture and the seasons. It's from the name Ceres that we get the name for cereal.
  • Vulcan - Vulcan comes from the Greek god Hephaestus. He was the blacksmith for the rest of the gods and was god of fire. The word volcano comes from the name Vulcan.
  • Bacchus - Bacchus comes from the Greek god Dionysus. He was god of wine and the theatre. He was the youngest of the major gods and the only one born to a mortal

Boudica

Boudica (born about 25 AD, died 60/61 AD) was the queen of the Celtic Iceni people in Norfolk in the eastern part of Roman Britain.

A statue of Boudica was put up in the Westminster area of London in 1902.

Her husband Prasutagus ruled as an independent ally of Rome. When he died, he left his kingdom jointly to his daughters and the Roman Emperor. When Boudica attempted to defy the Romans who had come to seize her property, they had her beaten and attacked her daughters.

Boudica joined forces with the neighbouring tribe of the Trinovantes to avenge this humiliation. Boudica and her army first attacked Roman Colchester (Camulodunum) destroying the hated Temple of Claudius and killing all the inhabitants. Boudica and her army first attacked Roman Colchester (Camulodunum) destroying the hated Temple of Claudius and killing all the inhabitants.