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Statue of Athena with shield.

This statue is situate in the Canopo in the Villa Adriana.

By wikipedia:
In Greek mythology, Athena was the goddess of wisdom, weaving, crafts, and war. Athena's wisdom encompasses the technical knowledge employed in weaving, metal-working, and war, but also includes the cunning intelligence (metis) of such trickster figures as Odysseus.

She is attended by an owl, wears a goatskin breastplate called the Aegis given to her by her father, Zeus, and is accompanied by the goddess of victory, Nike. She is often shown helmeted and with a shield bearing the Gorgon Medusa's head, a votive gift of Perseus. Athena is an armed warrior goddess, and appears in Greek mythology as a helper of many heroes, including Heracles, Jason, and Odysseus. She never had a consort or lover, and thus was often known as Athena Parthenos ("Athena the virgin"). In her role as a protector of the city, Athena was worshipped throughout the Greek world as Athena Polias ("Athena of the city"). She had a special relationship with Athens, as is shown by the etymological connection of the names of the goddess and the city. The Parthenon, on the Acropolis of Athens, is her most famous temple.
In Roman mythology, the goddess of wisdom was Minerva, who originated in the association of the Etruscan goddess Menerva with Hellenic iconography of Athena. Quite apart from Minerva, the Romans knew her as Athena as well
For speaking about my photo:
Athena is the second statue that occupy spaces between the columns of the Canopo.
Also this, like the others, is a copy of original.
For remaining in theme whit my previos upload (ARES and Ancient Rome) i have chosen to use a view B&W.
For post-work i have only balanced the colours.
I hope that it like you.

Francesco.

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