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Minerva
TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P
Bare head of Claudius, left.
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Minerva advancing, right, brandishing spear and holding shield.
Copper As. 28.5 mm 10.9 gm 180 die alignment

Ancient even for the Romans. Italian or Etruscan origin for this goddess and directly identified with the Greek Athena. Shown here wearing a Corinthian helmet. Although a war goddess, she is also the patron of wisdom and handicrafts. This latter is probably what made her attractive to Claudius who reportedly authored several histories, none of which, unfortunately, have survived.
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Noah  [Feb 05, 2010 at 12:13 PM]
excellent portrait
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