Juno Sospita, “the preserver”; also called Lanuvina, because she had a temple and statue at Lanuvium.
She was often depicted wearing a goat skin, which served as the covering of her head. The points of her shoes were turned up, after a fashion which was renewed in the 12th century AD. She was armed with a buckler and lance to defend the people under her protection. The serpent which was at her feet was a symbol of the health and safety which they owe to her, and also served to typify the serpent to which a young girl of Lanuvium went every year to offer it nourishment in its cavern.
[Image: Iuno Sospita Lanuvina, 500 b.C., etruscan antefix, Berlin Museum]