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The Roman Goddess Juno
The way of the Romans was to adopt various elements from other cultures and civilisations. This included the Roman religion which was highly influenced by the Ancient Greek religion and gave the Greek God names the equivalent Roman names. The Roman priests then adopted the mythology or stories about the Gods and Goddesses and evolved a Roman Gods Family tree detailing how each of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, like Juno, were related.

Greek and Roman religion and mythology therefore become closely entwined.

Mythology surrounding Juno
The mythology and information about the Roman Goddess Juno

  • Name: Juno
  • A major deity and one of the 12 Olympian Gods
  • Jurisdiction: She was described as being the Roman Goddess of Marriage and Childbirth
  • Mythology: Mythical Family Tree or Relatives: Juno was believed to be the Queen of the Gods
    • She was the sister and wife of Jupiter
    • Her other brothers were Pluto and Neptune
    • Her sisters were Vesta and Ceres
  • Depiction / Description / Symbol: Her symbols include the peacock and the cow
  • Capitoline Triad - The Capitoline Triad consisted of three major gods - Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. The most important temples in Rome were dedicated to the triad of gods and situated on the Capitoline Hill.
  • Name of equivalent Greek Goddess: Hera

Roman Mythology and Information about Juno
Juno was the counterpart of Jupiter who was both her brother and her husband. As Jupiter was King of the gods Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and the moon goddess. White cows were her offerings as white steers were his. As the Ides are sacred to Jupiter, the Calends to Juno. She was the deity of women, especially in association with childbirth and marriage. Her festival was on the 1st of March when women held a festival in her honor called the Matronalia. She also had a war-like persona and was often depicted as armed and wearing a goatskin cloak which was the garment favored by Roman soldiers on campaign.

Myths about the Roman Goddess Juno
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