Giacobbe Giusti, ‘Found statue of Minerva, the mythical goddess described in the Aeneid’

Giacobbe Giusti, ‘Found  statue of Minerva, the mythical goddess described in the Aeneid’




An extraordinary discovery to these days in Salento. Researchers may have found the statue of Minerva, the goddess told by Virgil in the Aeneid. The statue was found in the historic center of the city of Castro, at a depth of three meters under the ground, the archaeological team led by Amedeo Galati, who for six years working on the site. History and myth intertwine again. Below is the image gallery.

The work dates back presumably to the fourth century BC and may represent the goddess Minerva, thus confirming the hypothesis of the discoverers of the find, although the format for short kilt that would assume that this is un’Artemide. In this connection it will be useful the investigations carried out in the near future, in collaboration with the Superintendence of Archaeological Heritage, the University of Salento and the City of Castro. Kept three meters from the ground to the center of Castro, the statue is devoid of the head and other anatomical details, but shows exceptional traces of purple. The continuing discoveries: archaeologists have discovered also the phalanx of a finger and arm, and we hope to find out in time the other elements missing. The measurements of the statue in its original and not damaged had to be impressive, it is estimated about 4 meters.

Crediti Fotografie: Pasquale Rizzo

Il punto esatto dove è stata rinvenuta la statuaThe exact spot where it was found the statue


In addition to the historical side of the story the discovery reopens an old debate about taste location of the place that was home to the myth of Aeneas. As informs leccenews24, who is constantly following the developments on the discovery, excavation, financed by the European Union, will continue under the supervision of the University of Salento and the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage.

If that Aeneas is a legend or not does not matter, the discovery now allows us to date and circumscribe a place really existed and described more than two thousand years ago, linked to the most fascinating episodes narrated in the Aeneid: the return of the Trojan hero in Italy .


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