March 1st, 2008 by sabrina

Bellona is the Roman Goddess of war and battle. She was worshipped by Roman soldiers and predates the war God Mars. When Mars did become part of the Roman pantheon (as the counterpart of the Greek Ares), he was said to be Bellona’s husband or brother. Bellona is usually depicted with her war helmet, armed with a shield and a sword or spear. She had temples dedicated to her worship in Rome, near the temple of Apollo, and in Ostia Antica, which acted as a harbor for Rome. Roman soldiers sailing off to war would stop at her temple and ask Bellona to watch over them and see them safely home.

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