Genuine Roman silver coin Pendant depicting Juno Sospita "She who protects"
This pendant holds a genuine Roman coin featuring the image of Juno Sospita, known to the Romans as "the protector." On the reverse side of the coin, a young woman is depicted with an upright snake. According to legend, in Lanuvio, where Juno Sospita was venerated, a ritual involved sending a young virgin with food to a cave inhabited by a dangerous snake. If the snake accepted the food, it was a sign of the girl's virginity and her safety.
In statues and coins, the Goddess Juno, often referred to as Juno Propitious or Savior, is portrayed with a goat skin covering her head, holding a spear, and accompanied by a snake. The goat skin and the snake symbolize her association with the Earth Goddess.
The primary center of worship for this deity was the sanctuary in Lanuvio. Cicero attests to the richness of religious structures in Lanuvius, with the Temple of Juno Sospita Lanuvina, named after the goat skin that covered her statue, standing out among them. The cult of Juno Sospita in Lanuvio has ancient roots.
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