Second Punic War
Forged By Lightning: A Novel of Hannibal and Scipio

Forged By Lightning


A Novel of Hannibal and Scipio

Ancient Warfare Angela Render
Historical Fiction
War between Rome and Carthage
Carthaginian War
War with Rome
Second War with Carthage
Angela Render
ancient warfare
world's greatest general
2nd war with Carthage
Angela Render
2nd war with Carthage
historical fiction
Ancient Iberia and Spain
Hannibal
Scipio
Scipio
Hannibal attacks rome
Second Punic War
Republican Rome
Republican Rome
historic fiction
Second Punic War
Polytheisim
Carthaginian Gods
Roman Gods
Greek Gods
Forged By Lightning: A Novel of Hannibal and Scipio
Roman Republic

The Goddess Bellona



Bellona is a Roman Goddess of war. The daughter of Phorcys and Geto, She is either the sister or companion of Mars. When offering sacrifice to Her, the Bellonarii, Her priests, would inflict bloody wounds upon themselves.

Bellona is depicted with scraggly hair and holds a bloody lash.

Her temple on the Campus Martius was used as a place to receive foreign dignitaries who might not have been wanted inside the city walls. Roman generals returning from war overseas would be welcomed there with their armies when petitioning the Senate for a triumph (Roman Consuls were forbidden to bring their armies inside the city walls.) Outside Her temple stood a pillar. When declaring war on a foreign enemy, a priest would symbolically throw a spear over this pillar and into "enemy territory," thus upholding the much older tradition.

She is also known by the following names:
Enyo (Greek), Mah-Bellona

The following dates are sacred to Her:
June 3 - Her temple on the Campus Martius was dedicated around 294BCE.
Hannibal Barca
Hamilcar Barca
Angela Render
Barca clan of Carthage