Athena in Greek Mythology Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Athena in Greek Mythology
A look at the role and significance of Athena in Greek mythology.
# 35207 | 900 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 23, 2003 in History (Greek and Roman) , Literature (Mythology)

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This paper discusses the importance of Athena in Greek mythology. The paper describes how Athena was the goddess of wisdom and divinity, protector of polis and supporter of heroes. The paper looks at how she appeared in ancient Greek writings and paintings, specifically, Homer's "Iliad" and later his "Odyssey".

From the Paper:

"She is known as Minerva to Romans and a deep study of early Greek art and literature may help us understand Athena better. she was certainly the most virtuous of all goddesses because of her strange birth and is presented in all art forms as a wise pious goddess and there is never a negative word uttered against her. This is because while the Geeks hated tee god of war Ares, they loved Athena, the goddess of battle. That is because it is believed that while god war was greedy and cruel, Athena is known as a patron of wars because she wanted to protect Greece against foreign invasion and it was her desire to protect the heroes as they were considered to be courageous brave men who deserved to be supported. Homer in the Book II of the Iliad writes this about Athena, "and with them went Athena of the Flashing eyes, wearing her splendid cloak, the unfading everlasting aegis, from which a hundred tassels flutter, all beautifully made, each worth a hundred head of cattle.""

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