Athena is a goddess from Greek mythology who has been referenced in many works of literature throughout history. She was the daughter of Zeus and Metis, born fully grown and wearing armor. In Homer's Odyssey, Athena appears to Odysseus multiple times during his journey home after the Trojan War. As an adviser and protector, she helps him overcome obstacles on his voyage by providing guidance when needed. For example, when Circe attempts to turn Odysseus' men into pigs, it is with the help of Athena that he defeats her sorcery and moves forward on his quest.

In addition to being portrayed as a wise counselor in ancient texts such as The Odyssey or The Iliad, modern writers have also drawn upon Athena for inspiration in their works of fiction. For instance, author Madeline Miller reimagines the story of Achilles through her novel Circe, which features both gods and mortals alike interacting with one another; among them is a powerful yet compassionate version of Athena, who serves as a mentor for some characters while acting antagonistically towards others depending on what's best for those involved at any given moment. Additionally, comic book writer Greg Rucka has written several stories featuring Wonder Woman—an iconic superhero inspired by ancient myths about goddesses like athena-whose strength comes not only from physical prowess but also intelligence acquired over centuries worth of wisdom accumulated since birth; this too reflects aspects found within traditional interpretations surrounding figures such as these deity-like entities featured heavily throughout classic tales like Homer's epics mentioned earlier where they play prominent roles in aiding protagonists along their journey. journeys whether directly or indirectly, via lessons taught prior to commencing said adventures into unknown lands filled with danger around every corner waiting patiently for unsuspecting heroes looking unknowingly ever closer toward certain doom should they fail miserably without proper preparation beforehand.