Athena

Alea Fletcher

She is the Goddess of...

Athena is the Greek virgin goddess of arts and literature. Athena represents the non sexual aspects of women, and stays rational at all times, thus is the embodiment of wisdom, reason, and purity.

How she was born

Athena is the daughter of Zeus, and she sprang fully grown and with her armor and weapons from his forehead. Zeus had a headache so Hephaestus (Son of Zeus and Hera, blacksmith) split the head of Zeus with his axe, and Athena sprang out. This is another reason that Athena is the goddess of wisdom.

Appearance

She is armed with a spear and a shield, and is decorated with the head of Gorgon (dreadful female creature). Athena doesn't try to look beautiful or do girly things like Aphrodite, but is interested in war.

Achievements

Athena is the representation of Agriculture, and is the inventor of the plow and rake, and she created the olive tree, the greatest blessing of Attica, and taught men how to make a yoke so that the oxen can pull the plow. Even though Poseidon was the one who made the first horse, she is the one that took care of breeding them, and she also told men how to tame them by using a bridle, her own invention.

Children

Athena came to Hephaestus, wanting weapons and armor. But since Aphrodite was cheating on him, he fell in love with Athena. He tried to pursue her, but she ran away. When he got to her again, he tried to embrace her; but she, being a virgin, withstood his tries, and he dropped his seed on the leg of Athena. She found it disgusting, so she wiped it off with wool and threw it on the ground; and as she ran away the seed on the ground produced Erikhthonios.

Known for

Her contest with Poseidon for dominion of Athens where she made the first olive tree and he made the first horse, and the Trojan War where she sided with the Greeks in battle, but attacked their ships with a storm when they didn't punish Oilean Ajax (A king of Locris) for violating her Trojan shrine.

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