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The Etruscan figure of the Goddess shows her wearing a helmet and breastplate like the Goddess Athena, with her right arm raised to hurl the spear.
One of the twelve great figures of the Roman pantheon, Minerva first appeared in Etruria and was probably a Goddess of the thunderbolt.
She was merged with Athena very early however and was consequently the least Roman of the divinities of the Capitoline triad (Jupiter, Juno and Minerva).
Bronze of the sixth century BCE
London, British Museum
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