Originally Posted by dodeca
As noted above by Plutarch, the planet Venus remained after the battle to course across the sky. In antiquity Venus is variously called Neith, Isis, Hathor, Athena, Inanna, and other names, and is often identified as a warrior goddess.
dodeca...I wanted to bring this to your attention as I am looking into this on my own and seeking additional information.
I live in NYC and in the most populated borough in all of New York. We have already discussed much symbology including that of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Being that I am from this area many people would not know the history of the area nor any of the sculpture and symbology which is around.
This is a monument in a cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. It is of the Roman Goddess Minerva (which ofcourse can also go by many names). She is pictures placing a wreath on the altar in which she stands next to.
She faces the Statue of Liberty while she salutes her. The Statue of Liberty can be seen in this photo. Minerva faces Liberty who is in New York Harbor.http://www.museumplanet.com/image/nyc/gw/gw035.jpg
Here is a closer shot. Keep in mind the camera changes ones sense of perspective. The Statue of Liberty actually appears alot closer than the picture shows.
What is most peculiar to me is the fact that this monument is not just places on ordinary land. It is places on a historic site. It is also marks the highest point in Brooklyn, NY. Here is a bit of its history which is written on one of the four plaques on the altar.
|On this battle hill. Facing the Statue of Liberty. This altar is erected to commemorate the battle of Long Island. The first engagement of which was fought on this site. August 27, 1776. Between General...with 2000 Americans and with General Grant with 6000 British. This was the first battle of the nation and the first stoke for our great American charter of the rights and liberties the Decleration of Independence.
As you could see this is no ordinary site...
Another plaque on the altar reads;
|“The Place Whereon Thou Standest is Holy Ground”
Glory to the Memory of Our First National Heroes Who Fought and Fell on this Battle Ground to Win Our Liberty and Independence! Minerva, the Goddess of Wisdom, Glory and Patriotism, Here Salutes The Goddess of Liberty and Enwreathes This Altar in Tribute to the Heroes of American Liberty and to the Wisdom of American Institutions."
Here are some more details of this monument.
Take particular notice of Minerva's helmet (a symbol of secrecy). You can see a Sphinx.
Just beyond the mouseleum in the background of the picture above in another peculiar bronze monument. Is this Saint Michael...or is this another Venus?http://www.pbase.com/marchael/image/52665089
To commemorate the battle between American and Bristish forces there is this monument. Which is approximately 50 feet from Minerva's altar.
This is a site where men died. Is placing this monument and altar significant of their sacrifice? Was it erected for this purpose?
As a side note....we discussed the significance of the Owl to Athena and how the Statue of Liberty is Venus/Athena
. So where is the Owl. Well being that I am from NYC I can tell you where it is. It is in Brooklyn and it is called Owl's Head Park. The symbolism is just represented on a larger geographical scale. The park is said to have been given its name because it was in the shape of an Owl's head...or theire was many owl's in the park once long ago. Now how would anybody know the park was in the shape of an Owl's head without seeing it from above. Like from a plane or a blimp.
Here is an overhead Google Maps look of what I am talking about.