Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom, medicine, commerce, handicrafts, poetry, the arts in general, and later, war. In many ways similar to the Greek goddess Athena, she had important temples in Rome and was patron of the Quinquatras festival...
A 2nd century CE marble statue of Minerva, the Roman goddess of the arts and warfare. (Capitoline Museums, Rome)
Arachne, from the Greek arákhnē (meaning spider), is a figure in Greek mythology whose talent for weaving was renowned and who famously challenged the goddess Minerva to a weaving competition. As told in Ovid’s (43 BCE-17 CE) Metamorphoses...
The Roman Baths in Bath- A Deep Dive into Britain’s Ancient History
Bath, the famous spa town in Somerset England, has attracted people from near and far for centuries to its healing springs and baths. Today the city is known for its beautiful Georgian architecture and as the destination for the wealthy elite...
Minerva of Arezzo
The 'Minerva of Arezzo' is a bronze Etruscan statue dating to the 3rd-2nd century BCE. (Etruscan Archaeological Museum of Florence)
Minerva and Arachne By René-Antoine Houasse
Minerva and Arachne (1706), by French artist René-Antoine Houasse.
Minerva Silver Cup
The so-called Minerva Bowl, a silver cup from the Hildesheim Treasure (Germany), the largest collection of Roman silver found outside the imperial frontiers, 1st century BCE - 1st century CE (Augustan period). (Altes Museum, Berlin)
In many societies, ancient and modern, religion has performed a major role in their development, and the Roman Empire was no different. From the beginning Roman religion was polytheistic. From an initial array of gods and spirits, Rome added...
The Birth of Minerva
The Birth of Minerva, oil on canvas by René-Antoine Houasse, 1688. Palace of Versailles.
Mount with Bust of Minerva, Elginhaugh
Minerva (Menrva) was the Roman goddess of wisdom, medicine, poetry, and magic and a member of the Capitoline triad (together with god Jupiter and goddess Juno). From Elginhaugh, Scotland, late 1st century to late 2nd century CE. (National...