Athena is the Olympian goddess of wisdom and war and the adored patroness of the city of Athens.A virgin deity, she was also – somewhat paradoxically – associated with peace and handicrafts, especially spinning and weaving. Majestic and stern, Athena surpassed everybody in both of her main domains. In fact, even Ares feared her; and all Greek heroes asked her for help and advice.
In his Twelfth Pythian Ode, Pindar recounts the story of how Athena invented the aulos, a kind of flute, in imitation of the lamentations of Medusa's sisters, the Gorgons, after she was beheaded by the hero Perseus. According to Pindar, Athena gave the aulos to mortals as a gift.
Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom - A Myth with a Moral Many of the ancient Myth Stories, like the legend of Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, incorporate tales with morals that provided the old story-tellers with short examples of exciting tales for kids and children of how to act and behave and reflected important life lessons.
In the story of Arachne, Arachne, the mortal woman, challenged Athena to weaving contest, to see if her weaving was better than the goddess herself. Once the challenge was over Athena very calmly assessed her weaving as well as that of Arachne and deemed them equal in skill as well as beauty.
Athena was a major protagonist in Homer’s account of the Trojan War in the Iliad where she supports the Archaeans and their heroes, especially Achilles, to whom she gives encouragement and wise counsel, Menelaos, who is saved from the arrow of Pandaros, and Diomedes, ...
That comes from a Libyan story that Athena was the daughter of Poseidon and Lake Tritonis, and because of that has blue eyes like her father. But this story is not generally accepted, and you aren't going to find a blue-eyed Athena anywhere except on one statue next to a specific Temple of Hephaestus, so don't worry about it.
Greek Mythology: The Story of the Birth of Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom. (Minerva - Pallas Athena). Voice: Michael Nakhiengchanh.
And with that, Athena sent Medusa with her hair of snakes to live with the blind monsters -- the gorgon sisters -- at the ends of the earth, so that no innocents would be accidentally turned to stone at the sight of her. Listen to this story > Print friendly version of this story
Athena was the Olympian goddess of wisdom, war, heroism and crafts. This page contains tales of the goddess from the sagas of the gods including her birth, death of Pallas, War of the Giants, creation of Pandora, contest with Poseidon for Athens, birth of Erichthonius, and flute of Marsyas.
There was an alternative story that Zeus swallowed Metis, the goddess of counsel, while she was pregnant with Athena, so that Athena finally emerged from Zeus. Being the favourite child of Zeus, she had great power. Athena’s association with the acropolises of various Greek cities probably stemmed from the location of the kings’ palaces ...