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Athena (Folklore)

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Athena
Athena

Real Name

Athena/e (Greek)/Minerva (Roman)

First Appearance

Greco-Roman Mythology

Created by

The Greco-Roman People

Origin

Athena (or Minerva in Roman myth) was the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. She was also a member of the Twelve Olympians

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She was the daughter of Zeus and Metis, but fearing a prophecy that Metis would bear children more powerful than the sire, Zeus ate Metis whole like the titan Cronus (Saturn) did to the Olympians. Eventually though Zeus experienced an enormous headache and one of the gods (either Prometheus, Hephaestus, Hermes, Ares, or Palaemon depending on the sources examined) cleaved Zeus's head with the double-headed Minoan axe. From Zeus head leaped Athena fully grown and armed.

While she was a virgin goddess with no children or lovers (like Artemis), She was the patron and helper of many heroes, including Odysseus, Jason, and Heracles. Athena was also patron of the city of Athens, Greece and the Parthenon was built as a temple in her honor.

Athena was also responsible for turning Medusa and her sisters into Gorgons after Poseidon seduced Medusa in Athena's temple.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Humdinger vol. 1 #4
  • Kid Eternity #16

See Also

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