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  • Minerva (/mɪˈnɜːr

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  • və/; Latin: [mɪˈnɛr
  • wa]; Etruscan: Menrva) was the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy
  • She was born with weapons from the head of Jupiter
  • After impregnating the titaness Metis, Jupiter recalled a prophecy that his own child would overthrow him
  • Fearing that their child would grow stronger than he and rule the Heavens in his place, Jupiter swallowed Metis whole
  • The titaness forged weapons and armor for her child while within the father-god, and the constant pounding and ringing gave him a headache
  • To relieve the pain, Vulcan used a hammer to split Jupiter's head and, from the cleft, Minerva emerged, whole, adult, and bearing her mother's weapons and armor
  • From the 2nd century BC onwards, the Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena
  • She was the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, and magic
  • She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl usually named as the "owl of Minerva", which symbolised her association with wisdom and knowledge

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