Athena was the goddess of wisdom and war. She invented math. Her responsibilities were giving wisdom, inspiring, inventions, and protecting Athens. She could change herself into other forms and shapes. Her weapons were a lance, shield, and a fringed cloak. Athena lived on Mount Olympus. Her parents were Zeus and Metis. Metis was a Titaness. Her birth was more than unusual. Metis was to bring forth the new goddess, Athena. Zeus decided to put her into his own belly, as Gaia and Uranus had advised. Zeus gave birth from his head to Athena. Zeus’s wife, Hera, was not happy. She is sometimes called Pallas Athena. Pallas was the daughter of Triton. Athena accidentally shot her childhood friend with a bow and arrow. That is why she is sometimes called Pallas Athena. She always worked to prevent war, but once a war had started the goddess Athena fought efficiently for her side. To prevent the Trojan War, Athena descended from Mount Olympus and walked between the two armies, making both sides swear to keep the peace. Unfortunately, a Trojan soldier violated his oath and let loose his arrow, starting the Trojan War. The Greek goddess Athena is usually portrayed as one of the most strong, fair, and merciful goddesses. Her symbols are an Owl and an Olive Tree. She never married. The goddess Athena is recognized as the protector of cities. Athena remains a symbol of civilization, knowledge, logic and wisdom. The goddess Athena reminds us that we can successfully use our brains to reach any goal we choose in our life.
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