We currently have , , and tags. I'm not sure what to suggest as synonyms for what.

First, we all know that greek and roman mythology is so similar that "greco-roman" is a legitimate term in all academic circles, so perhaps greek and roman tags should be synonyms of a greco-roman tag.

But, there seems to be a convention developing where a good portion of tagging revolves around identifying the geographic location where a myth was prominent. For example, there is , , and , all in use to identify that the question is about myths from those areas.

Further, there are plenty of instances where a question should have either a greek or roman tag, but not the other. (Greek examples: 1 2 3 Roman examples: 1 2 3).

So it seems like having a greek tag and a roman tag is a necessity.

The question now: Should we have a greco-roman tag, or should questions just use both greek and roman as needed and should be a synonym of both?

Similarly, and are near synonyms, but they are different. Reference a current meta post.

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I would say they should be separate tags.

Greek and Roman mythology have a great deal of similarity, but they are not identical. For example, I doubt anyone thinks a question on Romulus and Remus can be legitimately tagged . Therefore, and are obviously not synonyms.

(edited) Neither of these should be synonyms for . One possible use for this tag is for questions on the wider Graeco-Roman world of classical antiquity. I'm not sure if we have, or will get, many questions where this might be applicable though. In most cases tagging a question with both and is probably sufficient.

  • So you favor that if the question is equally about greek and roman things, then it should be tagged "greco-roman" not both "greek" and "roman"? We'll have to do a lot of editing, because people will be getting that wrong daily.
    – user93
    May 3, 2015 at 8:42
  • Someone created abrahamic-religions. Different question, but what do you think should be done in relation to judeo-christian?
    – user93
    May 3, 2015 at 8:44
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    @fredsbend I think we should focus on one question atm. Semaphore's answer is feasible. Right now we dont have enough [greco-roman] questions. So there will be some initial confusion. Once the tag has been used for a good amount of questions, the mis-tag will reduce. But newcomers will often make mistakes, so its perfectly fine. May 3, 2015 at 9:03
  • @EroSɘnnin Have you looked through the greek tag questions? Many of them should probably be tagged greco-roman according to semaphore's answer here. There's already a mistagging problem. At least the tag wikis should be edited to tell how to use the tags.
    – user93
    May 3, 2015 at 23:09
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​I strongly agree that [greek] and [roman] shouldn't be synonymised, but disagree on keeping the [greco-roman] tag. I think plannapus' suggestion for using both tags for truly greco-roman questions would be preferable.
    – yannis Mod
    May 7, 2015 at 21:23

My answer is more or less similar to Semaphore answer (i. e. and should be separate tags) with the distinction that I think questions on elements common to both greek and roman traditions should use instead of .

The reason being that if someone wants to follow questions on greek mythology, in the second case, that person would have to follow both tags and to do so instead of just one single tag. In the same way someone wanting to have a look at all questions involving greek mythology would have to query [greek][greco-roman] instead of just clicking on the tag.


"Classical Mythology" might be the appropriate tag for the co-mingled Greek and Latin mythologies.

  • Yes, I like the idea, but that seems more regarding mythology as an element in literature, rather than an anthropological study.
    – user93
    Sep 8, 2016 at 18:13

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