What has commerce, love and beauty, War, King of the gods, agriculture, deity, the Sea and the underworld, all in common?
They are all Greek or Roman names for the planets all nine, or should I say all Eight plus the poor little minor planet Pluto
- Mercury was the god of commerce, the winged messenger
- And Venus was the goddess of love and beauty
- Mars the red planet was the god of War
- The mighty Jupiter the largest planet, was the King of the Gods also know as Zeus by the Romans
- Saturn was the god of agriculture
- And Uranus was the ancient Greek deity of the Heavens
- Neptune was the god of the Sea.
- Earth is the only planet whose English name does not derive from Greek or Roman mythology although some say Gaea was know to the Greeks as Terra Mater or Earth mother.
Of the Dwarf planets Ceres Pluto Haumea, Makemake and Eris
- Ceres was the Roman goddess of agriculture.
- Pluto was named the god of the underworld.
- And Haumea After a lot of name changes was finally given the name after the goddess of fertility and childbirth.
The weird name Makemake was named after the creator of humanity and god of fertility.
And the largest of the dwarf planets is Eris even larger then Pluto so in fact the ninth largest body known (I say Known, because minor planets are still being discover)to orbit the sun directly was named after the god a personification of strife and discord,
So you see the Greeks and the Roman Gods are still playing a part in all our lives.