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Minerva, a Roman goddess, probably of Etruscan origin, who subsequently became identified with the Greek Athene (q.v.). Her name is probably derived from the same root as mens, and she was the goddess of "mind" in the widest sense not merely the patroness of poetry and medicine, of all art, science, and handicraft, but the originator of every subtle thought and heroic impulse. She had temples on the Capitol, the Aventine, and the Coelian Hill. Her festival, the Quinquatrus, was celebrated March 19-23, and the lesser Quinquatrus June 13-15.