Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Neptune vs Poseidon

Had a “discussion” recently as to the difference between Neptune and Poseidon, and there was a difference in opinion as to who was the real mythological God of the Seas. No problem, thinks I, will dig around and find the answer.
Easier said than done. Most references state that Neptune was the Roman God of the Seas and Poseidon the Greek God of the Seas. They both had the same job description, give or take a couple of miracles. Both were issued with a Trident. Pictures usually depict Neptune rising from the sea, with a bad morning expression on his face, and the trident resting on his shoulders. A reference to this trident was found. The three prongs, referring to the seas to the North of the earth, to the seas South of the earth and then to the sea as they knew it, the Mediterranean Sea.
The trident was a type of wand, something similar to those that magicians wave around (no pun intended). This was a kind of weapon of mass destruction. By banging it on the surface of the sea terrible storms could be created, devastating winds, Tsunamis and a host of other calamities.
Once I had clarity, an article popped up that maintains Neptune was not the God of the seas. He was the Italian God of water. This was before the Roman Empire and Roman sailors. Would appear as though the Romans took a long time to become mariners. Neptune was then “associated” with Poseidon, and had to multi-task.
Howzat for an answer…..?

7 comments:

阿甲 said...

assuming this god does exist, then they're just two different perceptions of the totally same thing, as there can only be one god of the sea.

Anonymous said...

Lol ya thanks for lowercase (g) its just like the planet. In Roman its called Neptune and in Greek its called Poseidon.
duh

Anonymous said...

Ok, let me explain Poseidin is the true God of the sea for some simple reasons... First of all in Spongebob they said that netune is but that is WHACK!!! Patricks fat and time space continuim just throws the fact that Neptune is the god ... DUH!

nancy boland said...
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Mahimna said...

you fail poisiden is freaking from greek mythology you fag gits

Also Anonamys x) said...

Well it appears Mahimna is on a rage but I'd say they're practically the same thing just different names, as the Romans copied practically all their mythology from the Greeks and gave them latin names. Also, the Romans respected Neptune and worshipped more as the God of horses for the most part as horses were huge in battles and travel.

justsaying said...

Lol, well ok then. I thought the discussion was of mythical figures. I think I will stick with one god. Oh BTW poseidon and neptune are related.