In Etruscan mythology
was the goddess of fate and chance. Her
attribute was a nail
, which was
driven into a wall in her temples during the New Year. While
unattested in Etruscan texts, the goddess and associated ritual in
dedication of her is mentioned by Roman historian Titus Livius
: Minervae inventum sit.
Volsiniis quoque clavos indices numeri annorum fixos in templo
Nortiae, Etruscae deae, comparere diligens talium monumentorum
auctor Cincius adfirmat.
-- Livy vii. 3. 7.
loosely translated, this citation means "Minerva
is an inventor/contriver. The Volsinians (the
people of the central Etruscan city of Volsini) likewise
indicate the passing of the year by setting the symbolic nail [into
the wall] at the temple of Nortia, an Etruscan goddess, of which great
diligence the written works of the historian Cincius
- Nortia The Obscure Goddess Online Directory