The personification of forethought, foreknowledge, providence, a translation of Greek πρόνοια (pronoia), and recognized from the reign of Tiberias (second century BCE). Providentia had no significant role in Roman mythology.
Providentia was portrayed as a woman holding a globe, or a cornucopia, a lightning bolt, or a caduceus, or a scepter in her hands.1 An ancient statue of Providentiae Deorum shows her with curled hair and laurels, and wearing a matron robe. In her right hand she holds a staff; the left arm is broken off. She is flanked by a basket of fruits on the right, and a cornucopia on the left.2
- Struvius. Antiquitatum Romanarum Syntagma, 1, p. 142.
- Montfaucon, Bernard de. (1722). L' antiquité expliquée et représentée en figures. Vol. 1. Paris, p. 340.
- Macrobius. Saturnalia i, 17.