Laverna: Meet the Roman Goddess of Thieves

13/08/2021

     Laverna is a goddess unique to Roman Mythology and this deity is the protector of thieves. Laverna had her own sanctuary in Rome as well as being an ancient spirit of the underworld!

The Roman Goddess Laverna:

     In Roman Mythology, Laverna was a goddess of thieves, cheaters and the underworld. She was nourished by libations poured into her left hand. The poet Horace and the playwright Plautus call her the Roman goddess of thieves. In Rome, her sanctuary was near Porta Lavernalis.

     Her name is used for the main antagonist in the CGI Barbie animated film series: Fairytopia. Laverna is an evil fairy who is the twin sister of the earth fairy queen, The Sorceress.

     In "The Murders in the Morgue Street", Edgar Allan Poe's Dupin describes the ineffective police mayor as "too cunning to be profound. In his wisdom there is no stamen. It's all head and no body, like the images of the Goddess Laverna."

Many believe that the Roman goddesses and gods are a plagiarism of the Greek gods, however, there are dozens of unique Roman deities.

EXCLUSIVE Roman Deities:

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  • Carmenta;
  • Bona Dea;
  • Furrina;
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  • Genius;
  • Penates;
  • Homes;
  • Terminus;
  • Egeria;
  • Pomona;
  • Pales;
  • Lupercus;
  • Flora;
  • Portunus;
  • Bonus Eventus;
  • Manes.

Laverna's Story:

     Laverna was an ancient Roman deity and goddess, originally one of the spirits of the underworld. A cup found in an Etruscan tomb bears the inscription "Lavernai Pocolom"; and in a fragment of Septimius Serenus Laverna is expressly mentioned in connection with the di inferi. Through an easy transition, she came to be considered the protector of thieves, whose operations were associated with darkness.

It had an altar on Monte Aventino, near the gate that was named Lavernalis, and a grove on the Via Salaria. Her help was invoked by thieves to enable them to carry out their plans successfully, without losing their reputation for piety and honesty. Many explanations were given about her name as: de Levare (cf. lifters of stores). Modern etymologists associate it with lu-crum and explain it as meaning the goddess of gain.

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