"The Mighty 3" - Tyler Seaman

This gallery is an observation on the derivation of Roman Mythology from Greek Mythology, featuring the 3 brother gods, the most well known and the mightiest in both cultures. The pieces featured will compare the likenesses and differences of the 3 gods dependent upon the cultures own respective views of them.

Zeus, the Greek god of lightning, was the god of lightning. Here we see a statue of him, made out of an onyx-like material, standing and looking down with his hand holding an invisible object. This accentuates the view of Zeus as a god, as he is seemingly looking down angrily and appearing to be readying a bolt of lightning to bring forth his wrath.
Zeus also had a gentle and nurturing side. Limiting his involvement with "mortal affairs" to a bare minimum, he would often take form as a hawk or eagle and roam the earth so as to not be detected. Here, we see Zeus himself standing and looking down with a somber face while a hawk sits next to him. This could be a representation of Zeus wishing he could offer divine intervention to a mortal affair, but could not due to his oath to remain neutral.
The Greek god of the underworld, Hades, was brother to Zeus and antithesis to Zeus' character. He believed the mortals were meant to be ruled rather than observed by the gods. Hades, a creature of impulse and desire, would often indulge in affairs considered "evil." This is what we see in this piece, Hades is abducting a mortal woman with the goal of raping her.
Hades' methods were considered unethical by the other gods, especially by Zeus and their other brother god Poseidon, god of the sea. Here we see an altercation between Poseidon and Hades, seemingly at an impasse of decision or some form on confrontation due to, upon assumption, one of Hades' schemes.
Poseidon was indifferent to either brother's views on humanity, but instead immersed himself in his love of the ocean. To incur Poseidon's wrath, one only needed to offer disrespect to the sea or any of its creatures. Here, we see Poseidon striking down a mortal in the water, most likely due to the mortal's act of polluting the ocean.
Poseidon, like the other gods, enjoyed acts of the flesh with mortals. However, he took a monogamous liking to Ampitrite, a mortal woman depicted as Poseidon's true love. Here, we see Poseidon and Amphitrite together in a romantic setting, with Poseidon riding a water horse (symbolizing his divine status) and other mortal men carrying Amphitrite on a giant shell as a sign of respect for Poseidon's unofficial "queen."
The Roman derivation of Zeus is the god Jupiter. In Roman culture he is also the god of the sky and lightning, and also ruler of Olympus. Here we see a bronze statue of Jupiter standing confidently with a torch in his hand and a hawk by his feet. The torch symbolizes his call for attention, being the most highly revered of the gods, and the hawk represents his form taken when appearing to the mortals.
This statue of Jupiter still reveals him in a regal light. In Roman culture, the leader of the gods seems to be more pompous and arrogant, constantly demanding attention and tribute. Here we see him sitting upon a throne with a staff in his hand and, as usual, his hawk form is by his feet waiting to be a vessel for his journey to the mortal world.
Pluto, the Roman derivation of Hades and god of the underworld, is almost a carbon copy of his Greek counterpart. Seeking to rule the mortals with an iron fist and giving in to lustful desires, in this statue we see Pluto abducting Prosperpine (the Roman goddess of mysteries) to indulge in his lust while her humble handmaiden attempts to dissuade Pluto from doing so.
The Roman equivalent of Poseidon is the Roman god Neptune. The god of the sea, Neptune was charged with the presiding over the mortal realm (with Jupiter presiding over heaven and Pluto presiding over the Underworld). Here, we see Neptune standing on a rock covered in seaweed while surrounded by sea nymphs, dolphins, fish and serpents. This was most likely meant to accentuate his status as god of the sea and to show that he was revered as such.
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