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The Roman Goddess Minerva
The way of the Romans was to adopt various elements from other cultures and civilisations. This included the Roman religion which was highly influenced by the Ancient Greek religion and gave the Greek God names the equivalent Roman names. The Roman priests then adopted the mythology or stories about the Gods and Goddesses and evolved a Roman Gods Family tree detailing how each of the Roman Gods and Goddesses, like Minerva, were related.

Greek and Roman religion and mythology therefore become closely entwined.

Mythology surrounding Minerva
The mythology and information about the Roman Goddess Minerva

  • Name: Minerva

  • A major deity and one of the 12 Olympian Gods

  • Jurisdiction: She was described as being the Roman Goddess of Wisdom

  • Mythology: Mythical Family Tree or Relatives: Minerva was believed to be the Goddess of Wisdom. Shewas the daughter of Jupiter and Juno

  • Depiction / Description / Symbol: the owl, the snake and the olive tree

  • Capitoline Triad - The Capitoline Triad consisted of three major gods - Jupiter, Juno and Minerva. The most important temples in Rome were dedicated to the triad of gods and situated on the Capitoline Hill.

  • Name of equivalent Greek Goddess: Pallas Athena

  • Hr festival, called Quinquatria, was celebrated on March 19 through to March 23. On the first day of her festival no blood was shed, but that on the last four there were contests of gladiators.

Roman Mythology and Information about Minerva
Minerva (Greek name: Pallas Athene), the goddess of wisdom, was the offspring of Jupiter, without a mother. She sprang from his head, completely armed. She was the virgin goddess of warriors and poetry. As Minerva Medica, she was the goddess of medicine and doctors. Her favorite bird was the owl, and the plant sacred to her the olive.

Myths about the Roman Goddess Minerva
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