Mythology

By Andy Seamans

By Dawn Seamans-Shook

September 27, 2014 2 min read

This week, The Answer Man looks at Roman and Greek mythology.

1. Equivalent to the Greek god Dionysus, who is the Roman god of festivities with wine?

2. Jupiter is to Zeus as Venus is to: a. Athena b. Aphrodite c. Hestia d. Maia

3. In Greek mythology, this river — the river of "hate" — forms the boundary between earth and the underworld, which dead souls must cross over.

4. Following up No. 3, Cerberus is said to guard the gate into Hades. What is Cerberus?

5. In Roman mythology, there is a god with no Greek equivalent, Janus. The Romans named the month of January (Ianuarius) in his honor. What is Janus the god of?

Answers

1. Bacchus.

2. b. Aphrodite

3. Styx.

4. The hellhound Cerberus is a three-headed dog with a serpent's tail, a mane of snakes and a lion's claws.

5. Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions. He is usually portrayed with two faces, looking to the future and to the past.

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