The mythology of ancient Greece shares many mythological deities with the mythology of ancient Rome, figures that pose common lineages, dominions and attributes, but not always names. With the exception of Apollo, the Greek and Roman god of music, arts and knowledge, son of Zeus and sister of Greek goddess Artemis, take a look at the most predominant Greek (left) and Roman (right) deities and decide whether you prefer the Greek or Roman appellations.
First of all, there is Zeus vs Jupiter – The king of the gods and father of all human makes a very interesting choice in either incarnation, while the planetary Jupiter could follow partner Juno into the mainstream.
Poseidon vs Neptune – The god of the sea, droughts and earthquakes would, in both versions, be a mighty burden for any person if decided to be named after one of the two.
Hermes vs Mercury – As the messenger of the gods, both deities are moving between the worlds of the mortal and the divine, while also being the god of physicians, poets, travelers and thieves. Hermes, pronounced the French way, with an accent over the second “e,” is associated with the venerable French luxury brand known for its perfume, jewelry and leather goods.
Athena vs Minerva – The warrior goddess of wisdom and patron of handicrafts, mathematics and invention, the daughter of Zeus, or Jupiter, sprang fully grown from her father’s head.
Aphrodite vs Venus – The goddess of love and beauty, associated with the myrtle tree, doves, sparrows and swans, she was said to have been born fully grown from the sea foam. She was also considered the mother of the Roman people and is the namesake of a heavenly planet.
Ares vs Mars – The god of war’s name projects a somewhat fierce image, which, in the case of Mars, another major planetary name, could make an interesting unisex name.
Hera vs Juno – The Greco-Roman names for the queen of the Heavens, the patron goddess of Rome and protector of women and marriage.
Nike vs Victoria – Whereas both these names represent the goddess of victory, for the Greeks it symbolized victory in athletic games, while for the Romans it was victory over death. The name Nike is also associated with the sneaker’s brand.