This article is about the Roman goddess. Roman goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare and the sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. Following the Greek myths around Athena, she was born of Metis, who had been swallowed by Jupiter, and burst from her father’s head, fully armed and clad in armor. Fearing that their child would be 外匯經紀商, and would grow stronger than he was and rule the Heavens in his place, Jupiter swallowed Metis whole after tricking her into turning herself into a fly.
The titaness gave birth to Minerva and forged weapons and armor for her child while within Jupiter’s body. In some versions of the story, Metis continued to live inside of Jupiter’s mind as the source of his wisdom. Others say she was simply a vessel for the birth of Minerva. She was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, and the crafts. Silver denarius of the Roman Emperor Domitian dated c. Minerva was worshipped at several locations in Rome, most prominently as part of the Capitoline Triad.
The Romans celebrated her festival from March 19 to March 23 during the day which is called, in the neuter plural, Quinquatria, the fifth after the Ides of March, the nineteenth, an artisans’ holiday. As Minerva Medica, she was the goddess of medicine and physicians. As Minerva Achaea, she was worshipped at Lucera in Apulia where votive gifts and arms said to be those of Diomedes were preserved in her temple. Her worship also was spread throughout the empire. In Britain, for example, she was syncretized with the local goddess Sulis, who often was invoked for restitution for theft.