“[…] war appeared, fighting on all sides, brandishing its clashing arms with bloody hand” (Ovid, Metamorphoses, I, 142-143).

The Iron Age is the most destructive and terrible and the one in which we have the misfortune to live. She is personified by a metallic figure with a helmet in the form of a wolf’s head and holding a scythe and shield on which is depicted Fraud: a human form with a serpent’s tail.

On the left is Cybele’s chariot. Like Minerva, Cybele is considered a protector of cities. Her attributes, including a key, sceptre and orb, are carried by a small child who proceeds in front of her retinue together with the goddess’s priest, a figure with helmet and lance.

The Iron Age
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