Athena - Goddess of Wisdom  
Roman Name - Minerva

Powers: wisdom, handicrafts, industry, war

Symbols: owl, aegis, helmet, lance, olive tree, serpent, shield with Medusa's head
Parents: Zeus and Metis
Siblings: Apollo, Artemis, Ares
Spouse: none
Appearance: Athena usually appears wearing a helmet and carrying a spear and a shield.
Throne: Athena's throne is made of silver with golden basketwork at the back and on the

               sides. The arms of the throne are carved with Gorgon's heads at the end. There

               is a crown of violets made from blue lapis lazuli hanging above the throne.
Friends: Nike, Odysseus, Greek people, Asclepius, Heracles
Enemies: Arachne, Poseidon, Ares, Trojans, Hephaestus

  • Zeus was given a prophecy that Metis would bear a son who would overthrow him. When she became pregnant, he swallowed Metis whole. Years later, Zeus had a splitting headache. He allowed Hephaestus to whack him in the head with an axe. Athena sprang out fully grown from her father's head.
  • She is Zeus' favorite child.
  • She is the patron of handicrafts. One girl, Arachne, bragged she could weave better than Athena. Athena challenged her to a weaving contest. At the end, Athena had to admit that Arachne was perfect. She torn the tapestry up and turned Arachne into a spider.
  • Athens was named after her. She gave them the olive tree.
  • She is also the chief goddess of Athens. The city was named after her.

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