Junon Moneta

Juno Moneta the Roman goddess Juno with the goddess Moneta who was worshiped at some locations outside Rome, was regarded as the protectress of the city’s funds. Money was coined in her temple for over four centuries.

Moneta is also a name used for Mnemosyne, mother of the Muses, by Livius Andronicus in his translation of the Odyssey, and Hyginus’ citation of Jupiter and Moneta as parents of the muses. The name Mnemosyne or Memory was connected to Juno Moneta who maintained in her temple an unimpeachable record of historical events. As patroness of the state, Juno Moneta presided over various activities of the state, including the primary activity of issuing money.

. . . From Moneta came the modern English words mint and money and, ultimately, from the Latin word meaning warning.

Today, the site of the Temple of Juno Moneta, the source of the great stream of Roman currency, has given way to the ancient . . . brick church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. Centuries ago, church architects incorporated the ruins of the ancient temple into the new building.

I wanted to paint her but only i could find was little face on ancient coins. This was my call, I had to paint her…

Junon Moneta
Junon Moneta

Peinture acrylique sur toile de lin. Format : 68 x 97 cm

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