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Capitoline of Sbeitla

Sbeitla, Tunisia

2nd century CE

70 m. X 67 m.

From left to right: Temple of Minerva is in the best condition, while the Temple of Jupiter next to it has almost all of its walls still standing. The Temple of Juno has fared worse, but there is plenty to help you imagine what it must have looked in pristine condition.
To the south of the forum is the Arch of Antionius Pius.

The southernmost of the three temples was dedicated to Minerva, which was the daughter of the two gods revered in the other two temples. She was considered to be the virgin goddess of warriors, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, crafts and inventor of music.
Her temple appears as the most impressive of the three from the outside, and even the interior is in excellent condition.

The Temple of Jupiter stands in the middle, being the temple of the most important of all gods in the Roman pantheon. It is the largest temple, and deduced from its present, excellent condition, it was the object of first-class engineering.
It is noteworthy that the temple has no entrance by itself, it was entered by bridges across arches from either of the other two temples. 

The Temple of Juno is by far the least impressive of the three making up the Capitol. It is also the most ruined one.
Juno was the Queen of the gods, the wife of Jupiter and the mother of Minerva. The niche in the middle had a statue of the goddess, which has never been found. 


Where: Craft & Commerce (San Diego)

When: 7/6/2013

Who: Michelle

After walking around the U.S.S. Midway Museum for a few hours we drove over to Craft & Commerce! We’d been wanting to try it for a while, but never got around to it. They have a period between lunch and dinner that they serve a very limited menu. We, unfortunately, were stuck in that timeframe. We were still able to order a couple of Allagash White (quickly becoming my favorite beer), small order of corndogs (I don’t even like hotdogs, but these were so good!), and shrimp tacos (ginormous tacos with very tender and sweet shrimp). Everything was good and the ambiance is really nice as long as you can tolerate hipsters. I just want to try their bone marrow that I keep hearing about!

“Minerva, an ancient symbol of the mysteries, was the Roman goddess of poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, crafts, magic, and the music. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl, which symbolizes her ties to wisdom.”