Venus for Kids - the Roman goddess



Venus was the goddess of growing things, gardens, love and fertility for the Romans. People sacrificed to her when they wanted to have babies, or to make somebody fall in love with them. People thought of Venus as watery and fluid - she was pictured as being born out of the ocean foam.

The Romans thought of her as being a lot like the Greek goddess Aphrodite.

The Roman name for Friday was "dies Veneris", the day of Venus. In Italian, Friday is still "venerdi", and in French it is "vendredi". In English, people translated it to the name of the German goddess Freya, so we call it Friday.

To find out more about the Roman goddess Venus, check out these books from Amazon or from your local library:

Castor and Pollux
Roman religion
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