In Roman mythology, Nerio was an ancient war goddess and the personification of valor. She was the partner of Mars in ancient cult practices, and was sometimes identified with the goddess Bellona, and occasionally with the goddess Minerva. Spoils taken from enemies were sometimes dedicated to Nerio by the Romans. As one of the shapeless di indigetes of early Roman religion, Nerio was later supplanted by mythologized deities appropriated and adapted from other religions.
1. ^ Grimal, p. 308.
* Grimal, Pierre. The Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986. ISBN 0-631-20102-5