Monday, 5 May 2014

Minerva


"Minerva and The Centaur" by Sandro Botticelli


Gender: feminine
Pronunciation: mi-NUR-və

It is possibly derived from the Latin mens meaning "intellect", though it is probably of Etruscan origin.

Minerva was the Roman goddess of of wisdom and sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. She was born from the godhead of Jupiter with weapons. Minerva is the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Athena. She is often depicted with her sacred animal, an owl called the "owl of Minerva". She was born out of the forehead of her father, Jupiter.

   Related names:

Etruscan - Menrva (f)

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