Habetne Minerva bubonem? Immo, noctuam!

In the skill "gods", we are taught that Minerva is accompanied by an owl, bubo (literally "horned owl"). This is not technically correct: the owl associated with Minerva is, in fact, the noctua, "night-owl". This owl is also called the 'little owl', which carries the scientific name Athene noctua.

September 8, 2019


People must have been fascinated by owls to have so many different terms for them!

September 8, 2019

Not to turn this discussion into a biological debate, but doesn't 'strix' also means 'owl'?

September 9, 2019

Thankyou! Very interesting! This reminds my of the confusion I faced about learning that Harry Potter does not have a 'búho' but a 'lechuza' in Spanish.

September 8, 2019

Oh yes, and one does "noctuas Athenas portare".

But bubo is certainly a useful word. Bubo bubo is a well-known species.

September 10, 2019

Hope they change it, cause that is the beauty of Latin, full richness of words.

September 10, 2019

Thank you for pointing the out.

September 13, 2019
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