Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Athena Facts: Part 2

Admiration of Athena was so insistent that the ancient myths about her were organized in a different style to adapt to life changes. She was considered the protector of cities. Thus, this is part 2 of facts about the Greek goddess Athena. You can also check out Part 1 too.

10. Athena's most paramount festival was done annually and called the Panathenaea; the most celebrated festival in all of Athens.

9. Athena, the Goddess of War, is mentioned to in poems as “gray-eyed.”

8. The owl was Athena's bird; the olive tree was her plant.

7. Athena turned Arachne, a mortal weaver, into a spider after the she slandered Athena and the Olympians.

6. She is 1 of only 3 virgin goddesses; the other 2 were Artemis, goddess of the hunt, and Hestia, goddess of the home.

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5. Even though it is stated that Athena designed the flute, she never played one.

4. Perseus was aided by Hermes, god of trade, and Athena, goddess of wisdom and war, in his hunt to slay Medusa.

3. Looking Medusa in the eyes would change any man into stone, so Athena provided Perseus with her polished shield to use like a mirror.

2. Athena, goddess of war, directed Perseus's hand as he sliced Medusa’s head off with his blade.

1. Alexander battled against Hera and Athena in the Trojan War.

Bonus: 

The holy wooden statue of Athena called the Palladium, would have guarded the Trojans if they had it in their possession.

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