Athen The Greek Goddess Of Wisdom

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Athena, from the root Athens, is the Greek virgin Goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Athena is a interesting goddess who has a peculiar family history, many interesting symbols and representations, and some legendary stories. Athena is the daughter of Zeus and Metis. Zeus had many children, and Athena’s siblings include: Ares, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hermes, and Dionysus. Athena was Zeus’ favorite child. She is also called Minerva, Athina, or Athene. The birth of Athena was how she got her name. When Zeus was once married to Metis, and when they got pregnant, Zeus was warned that a son born to Metis would overthrow him. So, scared at the loss of his power, Zeus swallowed the pregnant Metis. That was the end of Metis, but after a time, Zeus developed a horrible headache. He had to get his skull split open, and out sprang a fully grown Athena. That is why she became the Goddess of intelligence and wisdom. Athena never married or had children. She was a virgin goddess, and she always stayed that way because…show more content…
The spear, the distaff and the shield made of goatskin, where the head of Medusa was fastened. Athena 's tree was the olive tree and her sacred animal was the owl, the symbol of wisdom. Athena’s strengths are that she is rational and intelligent, and a powerful defender in war. She only takes part in wars that defend the state and home from outside enemies. Like any person, Athena also had some weaknesses. A website called Athena, the Greek Goddess, states that “she often was too ruled by her head and lacked

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