Goddess of the art of war, science, arts and wisdom, Minerva was worshiped as a Roman goddess. She is featured in many myths and legends in Roman Mythology. Minerva was born fully adult and wearing armor from the head of Jupiter her father and lord of the gods. Minerva was one of the goddesses of war she was often represented in Roman art with various weapons. She was credited with inventing the chariot, plow, bridle, rake, ox yoke and the flute. The weapons reflected her strategic approach and her preparation for war and were symbols of victory. Her symbol of the olive tree relates to the gift she offered to Cecrops, the first king of Athens during her contest with Neptune.
Attributes and Profile
Role & Function: The function of Minerva is described as being the goddess of wisdom, science, war and arts, such as spinning, weaving and music.
Status: Major Goddess and one of the Council of Gods.
Symbols: The owl, the snake and the olive tree
Greek Counterpart: The Greek name for her was Pallas Athena
Marital Status: Unmarried, no children