Who is Minerva?
THE STORY BEHIND THE GODDESS OF A THOUSAND WORKS
She is primarily the Roman Goddess of wisdom.
She is also the Goddess of trade, the arts, and strategy in war, this also included medicine, poetry and crafts as well hence being known as the 'Goddess of a thousand works!'
Now, I am by no means a Goddess but Minerva is a strong woman who has so many interesting skills. Whilst Minerva's Toolbox is beginning with poetry, I am excited to see what else is in Minerva's Toolbox!
The story of Minerva's Toolbox
Minerva's Toolbox was founded by myself (Alex), I am an Arts and Crafts fanatic and have a specific love for writing poetry. I also love Mythology (hence the name!).
I have been writing poems since I was a little girl and often gave personalised poems as gifts. Then, word of mouth and the power of social media meant that I was soon getting commissions for various activities, from teachers retiring to my own wedding readings through to funeral eulogies.
Whilst the thought of writing a funeral eulogy can be upsetting, I was so happy to be able to capture the wonderful life of the person and be able to make their family smile at such a sad time. If you want to read it, it can be found in my blog!
The story of the Goddess Minerva
As I said above, Minerva was a strong woman who juggled a lot of responsibilities, including: Wisdom, Trade, Arts, Strategy, Medicine, Crafts and of course, Poetry.
She is the Roman equivalent to the Greek Goddess Athena, who the Romans decided that the Romans and Greeks had pretty much the same Gods but with different names. From Athenas involvement, Minervas symbol moved to be an Owl, which you can see in our logo.
You will see from her backstory that she has many reasons to be the Goddess of so many (some-what unrelated) skills. So, what is this backstory?
Her Dad, Jupiter, knew of a prophecy that his child would defeat him one day. So, he did the only logical thing, he swallowed her Mom, Metis. But Metis got her own back, whilst she was living inside Jupiter, she was hard at work creating weapons for the baby (Minerva). This workshop inside of him gave Jupiter a tremendous headache, and again being the king of logic, he asked Vulcan to split his head open with a hammer. One would assume this is where the term 'splitting headache' comes from? Any-who, back to the story, when Vulcan split his head open, out popped his fully grown Daughter in full armour, kitted out with an impressive armoury made by her mother.
Minerva also didn't take kindly to competition, as Arachne found out. Arachne essentially challenged Minerva to a 'weave-off' by proclaiming that her Weaving skills were better than Minervas. After an intense 'weave-off', Arachne produced a Tapestry depicting the Gods tricking humans and Minerva produced a tapestry showing the people who were defeated by the Gods. Despite Arachne's obvious talent, Minerva decided that she had won and as punishment for her doubt, with a few hits on the head turned her into a Spider. There are loads of stories of her competitive nature but that is for another time.
Despite her competitive nature, Minerva was not a sore winner in War. She is often seen with her helmet, spear and shield but also with an olive branch in which she would offer to the defeated.