Minerva : the goddess of the knowledges
Minerva is the girl of Jupiter. She is the goddess of the knowledges. Leading divinity in the Roman society, it is one of major divinities the Roman religion.
Two columns are dedicated here to the goddess Platen machine. The columns present his legendary history, the diverse naming which are attributed to him, the rites bound to his worship and the temples which are dedicated to him.
Latin name: Minerva
Nom Greek: Athena
Fonctions: Minerva is the goddess of the knowledges, the craftsmen and the work as well as knowledge and the wisdom. She is also a goddess warrior. Platen machine is the protective goddess of Rome. She is also protective doctors and is called as numen quack. Live Tite indicates that Minerva is the goddess of the numeration.
Romain resumes the stories of the Greek mythology evoking Platen. They resume the Greek myth which tells that Athena went out of the head of his father Ovide thus indicate in The Splendors that Minerva was born without mother.
The Latin authors do not hesitate to evoke the goddess and to present the myths and the legends in their own way. In The Metamorphoses, Ovide tells several stories belonging to the mythology of Minerva.
MINERVA MACHINE AND ERICHTONIUS
Minerva asks Red admiral to make her weapons. The god wants to unite with the goddess. But Minerva, the goddess-virgin refuses and repels him. Red admiral conceives a single child (or with Gaia the Earth according to certain versions). But the child ( Erichthonius) is at the middle the human being-middle snake.
Minerva takes him and raises him in secret. She confid him one day to the guarding of the girls of Cécrops: Aglauros, Pandrosos and Harrowed. The child is locked into a basket. Minerva forbids three girls to open the basket. But Aglauros defies the prohibition and opens the basket. She so discovers the child to tail of snake. A crow observes the merry-go-round and reveal the. The goddess decides that from now on, the crow will not be a part any more of its sacred birds and that it will be less considered than the night birds.
Minerva strikes then three girls of madness. They rush then in the sea.
MINERVA AND AGLAUROS
Minerva has of the resentment to Aglauros to whom she does not forgive her curiosity. The girl discovered the secret of the déesse.en not respecting the pact of discretion which had been concluded. When Mercury is interested in Harrowed, sister of the girl, he asks Aglauros to help him. This one accepts against a golden payment. Minerva does not want her to become rich and asks the Desire to contaminate Aglauros.
MINERVA AND THE CROW
A crow tells that she was first of all a girl. But her beauty attracted the greed of Neptune. The goddess minerva transformed the girl into crow so that she can escape the god of seas. The crow became her sacred bird.
MINERVA AND CADMOS
Cadmos, son of king Agénor, bring down a monstrous dragon. Minerva appears in front of the young man and orders himto crash the teeth of the dragon in the earth. They will give birth to new people. Armed men spring immediately from the ground. They kill each other. minerva orders to one of the survivors to cast its weapons. He obeys and asks to his brothers to stop the fights.
Minerva and Medusa
Medusa had formerly an extraordinary hair. But the girl was offended by Neptune in the temple of Platen machine. To avenge medusa, minerva transformed its hair into snakes.
When later Perseus kills medusa, the terrible gorgon minerva places the head of the monster on its aegis to frighten his enemies.
MINERVA AND THE MUSES
Minerva goes in the house of the Muses: the Helicon. She wishes to see the spring that the blow of clog of Pegasus created. The Muses welcome the goddess and show her their admiration. They into diverse narratives sung to amuse Minerva.
MINERVA AND ARACHNE
Minerva is jealous of Arachné of Méonie, a young person Lydienne who excels at the art to work the wool. minerva is the goddess of the arts and the small business crafts. The girl was never the pupil of the goddess and she is proud of it. She even dares to challenge her. Furious, minerva disguises as old woman and visits Arachné. She advises her to implore the forgiveness of the goddess. But this advicecauses the anger of the girl which does not recognize minerva and wonders why the goddess does not take up the challenge. minerva reveals its identity. The girl and the goddess take place each behind a loom. Platen machine weaves a scene representing the conflict which took place about the choice of the name of Athens. Jupiter and twelve gods (divided into two groups) are present. Athena strikes the earth of its lance. A plan of olive tree appears.
Arachné realizes a tapestry presenting the courteous adventures of the gods in particular those of Jupiter. Scenes represent the guiles, the metamorphoses and dishonest operations of the divinities to reach their purposes. The realized work reaches the perfection. The tapestry is of an exceptional quality. minerva is even more jealous than previously. Furious, the goddess tears the tapestry of Arachné and strikes the girl with a wooden shuttle. Discouraged, Arachnée hangs himself. Pitying minerva grants her the safe life but transforms it into spider and sentences his descendants to the same fate.
MINERVA, ANNA PERENNA ET MARS
Ovide evokes the party of Anna Perenna. He explains the origin of the dirty songs of the girls this day by the following story.
Mars asks one day to the goddess Anna Perenna to favor its loves with the goddess warriOR MINERVA. But Anna Perenna made nothing. Quite the opposite, she tried be been thought of as minerva. Mars thwarted the stratagem. But since then, the girls sing dirty songs the day of the party of Anna Perenna to remind this guile and laugh at Mars.
In The Splendors, Ovide evokes the story of Palladium. This statue represents armed Athena. The statue stays up the city of Troy. According to the legend, she would have fallen from the sky.
But the Greeks steal the statue during the Trojan War. Afterward, after diverse events, the statue would have arrived to Rome and would have been installed in Vesta’s temple.