28 Facts About Minerva


Minerva is not a patron of violence such as Mars, but of defensive war only.

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Minerva is one of the three Roman deities in the Capitoline Triad, along with Jupiter and Juno.

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Minerva's was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, and the crafts.

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Minerva's is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl usually named as the "owl of Minerva", which symbolised her association with wisdom and knowledge as well as, less frequently, the snake and the olive tree.

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Minerva is commonly depicted as tall with an athletic and muscular build, as well as wearing armour and carrying a spear.

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The Titaness gave birth to Minerva and forged weapons and armour for her child while within Jupiter's body.

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Arachne began to weave a tapestry which showed the shortcomings of the gods, while Minerva depicted her competition with Neptune and the gods looking down with disgust on mortals who would dare to challenge them.

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Minerva's weaving was meant as a final warning to her foe to back down.

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Minerva was insulted by the scenes which Arachne was weaving, and destroyed it.

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Minerva's then touched Arachne on the forehead which made her feel shame for what she had done, leading her to hang herself.

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Minerva then felt bad for the woman, and brought her back to life.

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However, Minerva transformed her into a spider as punishment for her actions, and hanging from a web would forever be a reminder to Arachne of her actions which offended the gods.

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Later on, Minerva found out that Neptune and Medusa were kissing in a temple dedicated to Minerva herself.

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Minerva delivered the severed head to Minerva, who placed its image on her Aegis.

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Minerva caught the horse and tamed it before gifting the horse to the Muses.

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Minerva's seeks the assistance of Envy, who fills Aglauros with so much envy for the good fortune of others that she turns to stone.

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Minerva is thought to have invented the flute by piercing holes into boxwood.

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Minerva's enjoyed the music, but became embarrassed by how it made her face look when her cheeks puffed out to play.

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Minerva was worshipped at many locations in Rome, most prominently as part of the Capitoline Triad.

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The Aventine sanctuary of Minerva continued to be an important center of the arts for much of the middle Roman Republic.

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Minerva was worshipped throughout Italy, and when she eventually became equated with the Greek goddess Athena, she became a goddess of battle.

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Minerva is featured on the coinage of different Roman emperors.

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Minerva's often is represented on the reverse side of a coin holding an owl and a spear among her attributes.

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Minerva's was even featured on some funerary art on coffins and signet rings.

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Minerva's was believed to preside over the healing hot springs located in Bath.

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Some archaeological evidence present in Bath leads scholars to believe that it was thought Minerva could provide full healing from things such as rheumatism via the hot springs if she was given full credit for the healing.

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Temple of Sulis Minerva was known for having a miraculous altar-fire which burned coal as opposed to the traditional wood.

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Minerva was the goddess of wisdom, war, art, schools, justice and commerce.

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