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