Hermes 148 (3):324 (2020)

This paper deals with the political implications of the dedication of a temple to Minerva in Rome by Pompey the Great after his Eastern campaign. Among the hypotheses on the reasons for the choice of this goddess by the general, Palmer's – that this Minerva has to be put in connection with the Athena of Troy – is here considered as the most likely, and is thus analysed in depth. Pompey's dedication arguably derives its meaning from earlier relationships between the Near East and Rome, and possibly more recent Mithridatic anti-Roman propaganda, and might symbolise the ecumenical character of Pompey's conquests.
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DOI 10.25162/hermes-2020-0024
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