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Birth of Minerva.

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Birth of Minerva.
Lith. Kaeppelin (Lithographer)
Rey, A. (Engraver)

Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Mythology (General)

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1844 - 1861
Library locations
Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC-WON MYT
Shelf locator: PC-WON OX MYT
Athena (Greek deity)
Minerva (Roman deity)
Neptune (Roman deity)
Nike (Greek deity)
Dionysus (Greek deity)
Poseidon (Greek deity)
Hairstyles -- Greece -- To 499
Icarus (Greek mythology)
Theseus (Greek mythology)
Content: Greek names of the deities or persons pictured (in same order as caption): Poseidon, Nike, Theseus, Dionysus, Icarus.
Content: Poseidon holds a trident, Nike has wings, Theseus displays the sinewy arms of a mighty hero, and Dionysus carries a "thyrsus" (staff topped with a pinecone) symbolic of his cult. Amphictyon was traditionally the first man to learn to mix water with wine to keep it from becoming too potent. A "deme" was a district of Athens or its surrounding areas, so this may be a symbolic figure of a citizen. This is a section of a larger painting, only showing some of the persons present at the birth of Minerva (Roman name of Athena, goddess of wisdom).
Content: Written below image: "Birth of Minerva (detail). This plate shows - right to left - Neptune, Victory, Theseus, Bacchus, and Icarus (or Amphictyon, or, Athenian deme).
Source note: Elite des monuments céramographiques : matériaux pour l''histoire des religions et des moeurs de l''antiquité. (Paris : Leleux, 1844-1861) Lenormant, Charles (1802-1859), Author.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 print : 32 x 50.1 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 92b65270-c5be-012f-a066-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1844: Issued (Approximate)
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

MLA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Birth of Minerva." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1844 - 1861. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5ff0-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Birth of Minerva." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 21, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5ff0-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1844 - 1861). Birth of Minerva. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-5ff0-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Birth of Minerva.