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From Vulcan to Virgil: The Roman Mythology Quiz
by Staff
The Romans may have borrowed heavily from the Greeks, but you might be surprised to learn how they forged a mythological history all their own. Intrigued? Take our quiz to learn more!

Who was the Roman goddess of love and beauty?

  • Diana
  • Venus
  • Minerva

Which Roman god shot arrows to encourage love connections?

  • Pluto
  • Mercury
  • Cupid

True or false: Priapus was Venus' father.

  • true
  • false

Who was the Roman god of light?

  • Neptune
  • Vulcan
  • Apollo

What name did the Romans give to the Greek god Ares?

  • Mars
  • Juno
  • Pluto

How many children did Mars and Venus have together, according to myth?

  • one
  • two
  • three

What was the name of Apollo's twin sister?

  • Juno
  • Diana
  • Venus

Who served as the goddess of war alongside Mars?

  • Janus
  • Sabines
  • Minerva

What was the name of Persephone's mother?

  • Venus
  • Minerva
  • Ceres

Which Roman god was turned into a goat, according to Greek myths?

  • Bacchus
  • Neptune
  • Jupiter

Neptune and Jupiter had a brother. What was his name?

  • Uranus
  • Pluto
  • Mercury

What trade is associated with the Roman god Vulcan?

  • electrical work
  • landscaping
  • blacksmithing

True or false: Juno was the queen of gods.

  • true
  • false

Which Roman god was known for his winged helmet and feet?

  • Jupiter
  • Mercury
  • Neptune

What was Roman god Neptune often seen holding?

  • hammer
  • sword
  • trident

What name did the Romans give to the Greek god Zeus?

  • Pluto
  • Jupiter
  • Janus

True or false: The name "January" was inspired by a Roman god.

  • true
  • false

The founders of Rome were sons of this god.

  • Jupiter
  • Neptune
  • Mars

What were the names of Mars' sons?

  • Remus and Romulus
  • Roman and Reginald
  • Royce and Romus

Where did the women of Rome come from?

  • the Amazonians
  • the Sabines
  • the Aboriginals

How long did Romulus rule Rome?

  • one year
  • 12 years
  • 40 years

Who wrote the Roman epic "The Aeneid"?

  • Virgil
  • Homer
  • Plato

What festival was nearly banned in 186 B.C.E. due to rowdiness?

  • Bacchanalia
  • Saturnalia
  • Vulcanalia

What Roman festival celebrated the winter solstice?

  • Neptunalia
  • Cerenalia
  • Saturnalia

True or false: Saturnalia was celebrated on December 25th.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The Romans actually had some gods that were NOT derived from the Greeks.

  • true
  • false

Which of these was NOT one of the original three Roman gods before the Greek gods were adopted by the Romans?

  • Jupiter
  • Neptune
  • Mars

What did Neptune give to man?

  • gold
  • fire
  • horses

True or false: Apollo was also known as "Death."

  • true
  • false

Who was Vulcan's wife?

  • Diana
  • Juno
  • Minerva