From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Tinia (also Tin, Tinh, Tins or Tina) was the god of the sky and the highest god in Etruscan mythology, equivalent to the Roman Jupiter and the Greek Zeus. He was the husband of Thalna or Uni and the father of Heracle.
He was part of the powerful triumvirate that included Menrva and Uni. He was associated with lightning, spears and scepters. In the Etruscan language, tin or tinš means "day" and its plural is tinia showing that he is a god governing the passage of time (compare Father Time and Ancient of Days).Template:Fact
Some inscriptions in which he appears are as follows.
- On a kylix painted by Oltos (ca 500 BC):
- Itun turuce venel atelinas Tinas cliniiaras.
- This has given Venel Atelinas for the sons of Tin (ie: The Dioscuri).
- On the bronze Chimera of Arezzo:
- A gift to Tinia