Greek God: Athena

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Athena is known as the goddess of wisdom in Greek mythology, and also goes by the name Minerva. Along with wisdom, she was associated with the arts, literature, justice, mathematics, and inspiration. She, unlike her brothers and sisters, did not have a mother and is solely the daughter of Zeus. Legend says that she appeared from Zeus’s forehead as a fully grown woman wearing armour. In an alternate story, Athena was born from Metis, the goddess of craft, who Zeus swallowed wholein order to prevent a prophecy from coming true. This prophecy stated that Metis would give birth to a child that would make Zeus inferior...

Zeus was fearful of this and attempted to take fate into his own hands. However, this attempt to change destiny failed as Metis was already pregnant when Zeus swallowed her. Zeus was then stricken with a terrible headache. Thereafter, Athena popped out of Zeus’s forehead, the headache diminished, and an intelligent warrior stood before him. Like Ares, she took part in wars, however, she is more selective in the wars she chooses to participate in. The wars that she found necessary were primarily wars that arose due to the need to defend the homestead from enemies of the city. Rather than fighting directly, she did well to plan strategically and accordingly instead of using brute force like her brother Ares. Athena earned her patronage in the city of Athens after beating her uncle, Poseidon in a contest - a common tradition amongst the gods and goddesses in the major cities. Athena has been known to fight alongside pure and intelligent fighters - such as Odysseus, Perseus, and Heracles. Her counsel is often soughtin times of great difficulty and many captains of armies would make sacrifices to the goddess in order to insure that they would be in good hands when the time for battle came.