The Parian marble Athena Giustiniani or Giustiniani Minerva is an Antonine Roman marble copy of a Greek sculpture of Pallas Athena. The sculpture has often been credited with the quality of a cult image rather than a decorative culture trophy. The serpent at Athena's right foot recalls the archaic myth of Erichthonius in his serpent form. The Athena Giustiniani, a Roman copy of a Greek statue of Pallas Athena (Vatican Museums).

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