Who or What were the Roman Gods?


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The Romans had hundreds of gods. They started with their own set of gods who protected home and family. As the Romans expanded, they discovered new gods worshipped by conquered people. If they liked these gods, they borrowed them and made them into Roman gods. They gave new gods Roman names. The most famous of these were the Greek gods. For example, Zeus became Jupiter, Hera became Juno, and Poseidon became Neptune. Sometimes the Romans changed the personalities of their adopted gods to better match the Roman way of life. The Romans allowed people to worship any god as long as they also worshiped the Roman gods. Roman gods