Greek Goddess of War and Wisdom; her roman counterpart is Minerva. Athena was one of the most powerful of the goddesses. She was called the daughter of Zeus; but the Greeks believed that she had sprung full grown from his head, wearing her helmet and armor.
She was more warlike than the other goddesses, and was almost always successful in her battles. Athena often helped heroes, like Jason and Peruses, She wore an aegis, a goatskin shield which had a fringe of snakes. When Peruses killed the gorgon Medusa, whose face turned men to stone, he gave the gorgon head to Athena, and the goddess placed it on her aegis. Athena invented the bridle, which permitted man to tame horses, the trumpet, the flute, the pot, the rake, the plow, the yoke, the ship, and the chariot.
She is the embodiment of wisdom, reason, and purity. She was Zeus favorite child and was allowed to use his weapons including his thunderbolt. Her favorite city is Athens, her tree is the olive, the owl is her bird, and she is a virgin goddess. We no longer look to the gods to explain everything to us. Science and the Jude-Christian God have given us the answerer we need. Works Cited Harding, SE. “Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom” 0 2013 Teats, Aaron.