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Ancient Greek and Roman Myths Notes

Athena (Minerva)

Athena, Greek goddess identified in Rome with Minerva, the daughter of Zeus and Metis. Metis was pregnant and was about to give birth to a child when Zeus swallowed her. When the child was to be born Zeus felt terrible headaches and bade Hephaestus to split his head open with a blow. A girl in full armour sprang forth from his head; it was the goddess Athena.
See: Alessandro BotticelliPallas/Camilla and the Centaur.
Jacques-Louis David. The Combat of Mars and Minerva.
Gustav Klimt. Pallas Athena.
Andrea Mantegna. Minerva Chases the Vices from the Garden of Virtue.
Rembrandt. Minerva.
 
 

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