Athena Goddess of Wisdom P.2

How did this Ancient Greek Goddess look like, the citizens of Athens built a statue of Athena as a temple to the goddess.

It collected all her so called personal characteristics. Athene had piercing eyes, a helmet on her head, attired with an aegis, and an extremely long spear. She also carried with her a crystal shield. Also Athena was known to wear Medusa’s head after she was slayed.  Athena is the patron of Athens because she was going against Poseidon for that title. They agreed they both would give the Athenians one gift and that the Athenians would choose the gift that they liked better and the person who gave the better gift would be the Patron. Poseidon gave the city a salt water spring, it was gorgeous, but not drinkable. Athena offered an olive tree, which offered many advantages like olive oil, wood, food. Hephaestus tried to rape Athena, but failed. Something then happened and then the Earth gives life to Erichthonius. Athena then raises the baby as its own mother. Athene represents an independant woman, who believes in wisdom rather than to support violence. Arachne was another one of Athena’s enemies because she bragged that she could weave way better than Athena. So Athene challenged Arachne to a contest, which Athena won. Athena then changed Arachne into a spider.

Also Athene had created the art of weaving itself so it wasn’t really possible that someone, a mere mortal, was better than her. She typically dresses as a “man” and takes part in warfare, yet is technically female. Athena’s role as a virgin also gave to her control as an enforcer of modest Athenian values and self control. Virginity was an important aspect of Athena’s character, maybe with a strong religious aspect. The myth Medusa, most commonly known for being an ugly gorgon. She had, however, been a beautiful female, who was raped by a god, most likely Poseidon because in many versions of the tale they claim him to be the rapist, in a temple of Athena. Athena took great offense of violating her sanctuary, so she had transformed the maiden Medusa into a monster as a punishment. But that story itself is more complicated that one would think especially with Medusa being a victim.

      Athene , Goddess of Wisdom, was  wonderful Goddess. Her myth to helps to explain why some things were created and why there are certain places, such as the cities she founded. 

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