The Romans loved to
tell stories about the magical family who ruled the heavens. The
Romans truly believed that their gods could interfere in their lives,
to help or hinder them.
According to ancient Roman myth, Jupiter was the king
of all the gods. Jupiter had two brothers and three sisters. When
Saturn, their father, died, the boys - Jupiter, Neptune,
and Pluto -
divided the world up between themselves. Jupiter took all of the
heavens, Neptune took the sea, and Pluto took the underworld. Each
was quite content with their selection.
One of the differences between Greek and Roman myth is
that in Greek myth, Zeus was controlled in part by the Fates. His was
also an elected position - he could have been ousted by the other
gods, not that they ever managed it. But Jupiter, the Roman god, was
the god supreme. He ruled heaven and earth and all life. Jupiter
listened to his various advisors; especially the other gods who made
up the Council of 12; he might even assign one of the other gods to
make a decision, but the final word was his.