Athena's special powers are wisdom and arts and crafts, such as agriculture, navigation, spinning, weaving and needlework. She is the goddess of war, but she focuses on strategy instead of bloodshed.
Athena, known as Minerva by the Romans, was Zeus' favorite daughter. She is the offspring of Zeus alone, and she was born fully armed through Zeus' head when his step-son, the god Prometheus, struck open Zeus' head with an axe to release the goddess. Athena is the patron of Athens, and she gave her namesake city the gift of the olive tree, which provides oil, food and wood for the people.