Diana is the hunting goddess. She was often associated with nature, and she had the power to talk to and control animals. Oak groves were especially sacred to her. In later myths, she also became known as the moon goddess and the goddess of childbirth.
Neptune is the god of water and the sea. When peaceful, he created new islands and offered calm seas, but when angry, he struck the ground with his trident and caused chaotic earthquakes and shipwrecks.
Minerva is the goddess of wisdom and the arts. She was often shown with an owl, symbolizing her great intelligence. She was believed to be the inventor of numbers and musical instruments.
Fortuna is the goddess of fortune and luck, both good and bad. She was worshipped at a number of shrines in which her influence was hoped to have a positive effect. But she wasn’t always helpful—she could be doubtful, fickle, or downright evil.
Venus is the goddess of love and beauty. Born of sea foam, she was essential to the balance of life. She absorbed anger and brought good fortune and prosperity.
Apollo is the god of sun and light. Handsome and young, he was known to have healing powers as well as the ability to bring on plague and disease. Apollo also had artistic gifts—the Olympians loved to lounge around Mount Olympus listening to him play his lyre.
Hercules is a celebrated hero, the son of Jupiter and Alcmene, and possesses exceptional strength. While famous for all his far-ranging adventures, he was most well-known for the 12 labors he carried out for his cousin Eurystheus in order to gain immortality.
Mercury is the god of trade, merchants, and travel. Messenger to the other gods, he wore winged sandals. He was often accompanied by a tortoise, a reference to his legendary invention of the lyre from a tortoise shell.
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