How Did Athena Impact Western Civilization

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Out of all the Greek gods and goddesses, one of the most powerful Greek goddess who had a huge impact in later time periods and western civilization was Athena. Athena was the Greek goddess of wisdom, skill, strategy, civilization, laws, warfare, and inspiration. “The Greek goddess of warfare and wisdom sacred animal was an owl and her sacred plant was the olive tree.” “She doesn’t ever fall in love or have children.” Athena has impacted western civilizations in many ways such as art, architecture, and myths. With Athena’s birth, there are many myths that involve her origin and birth. With these myths there are many art pieces that were influenced by the birth of Athena, and this is one way the Greek goddess Athena impacted western civilization…show more content…
One way that this myth that involves Athena shows how she impacted western civilization and later time periods was, because her defeating Poseidon for patron deity lead to the explanation of water shortage in Athens. A second way this myth shows how Athena impacted western civilization and later time periods is because, generation after generation till this current generation still use the olives and the oils given off by the olive tree and without the olive tree we would be cooking many foods in many completely different ways. Without the Greek goddess’s impact, we wouldn’t have things such as the olive tree or the replica Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee and it would have completely changed western civilization and later time periods as we know it. From art such as vases and sculptures to architecture like the Dorian order to myths that explains things today like the battle between Athena and Poseidon and the weaving contest between Athena and Arachne. These are just ways the powerful Greek goddess of wisdom and skill: Athena had impacted later time periods and western
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