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."