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Athena (Greek)/Minerva(Roman)

The Goddess Athena is a part of Greek Mythology. Athena was the Greek Goddess of War and the Greek Goddess of Wisdom and the overal goddess of the Hunt. She was also known as the Goddess of Weaving and Metal Working. However, as the Goddess of War, her field of expertise was not violence and so on. That was the domain of Ares, God of War. Athena was the Goddess of the more disciplined aspect of War, such as Strategy.

Athena’s appearance is always described as having gray eyes which were shining. She would always be accompanied by an owl. An owl is a symbol of wisdom and is a bird that has the capability of seeing in the dark. Often, Athena is also accompanied by the Goddess of Victory, Nike. Athena is always depicted wearing armor and a helmet.
Athena is often referred to as Pallas Athena. There is a story behind that as well. Apparently, Pallas was her childhood friend and they would play with each other all the time. One day, accidentally, Athena injured Pallas and the injury caused her death. Since then, Athena took on the name of her friend, so that she would be remembered by her forever.

Another story tells us about Athena’s wisdom and hot-headedness and her talent with weaving. Apparently a lady called Arachne used to boast that she was the best weaver ever. Athena went and challenged her. A contest began. Athena wove a scene showing the contest between her and Poseidon over Athens. Arachne, in her vanity, wove a scene of Zeus in trouble with his many wives. Athena became furious and burned the tapestry down along with Arachne. Later on, she regretted it, and turned Arachne into a spider so that she would weave her beautiful designs forever.

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