A Look at Athena Research Paper

A Look at Athena
An overview of Athena in Greek mythology.
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"In Greek mythology, Athena was well known as the goddess of wisdom, warfare, and crafts (agriculture, navigation, spinning, weaving, and needlework). She became Zeus's most beloved offspring and one of the most dominant of the twelve Olympian gods. Even though Athena had been praised in several cities, the Athenians acknowledged her to be their distinguished guardian and named their city after her. She gave Athens the gift of the olive tree, providing oil, food, and wood. Countless rulers requested her wisdom in both military and government affairs. As a war goddess, her main focus was on strategy rather than bloodshed; she was also an active participant in the Trojan War (Ancient Greece). Athena was a virgin goddess just like Artemis, the goddess of hunting. Romance and marriage did not give prominence to Athena's mythology. In Greek mythology Athena was, in essence, the prime example of the modern "career woman". Athena helped several heroes and took pleasure in their courage in battle.
"The Birth of Athena: Athena is the daughter of Zeus (the ruler of the Gods) and Metis (the Goddess of Crafty Thought and Wisdom). It had been prophesized that if Metis had a son, he would be more powerful than the father. This meant that if Metis had a son from Zeus, then that son could overthrow Zeus. Frightened of this prospect, Zeus tricked Metis into transforming into a fly after he lay with her. As soon as she became a fly, he swallowed her. However, Metis was already pregnant and was making a helmet and an amour for the child within the fetus. Soon Zeus was plagued with killer headaches and he ran to Hephaestus and begged him to open his head. Hephaestus did as he was told, and out emerged Athena, full grown and ready for battle. (Ancient Greece)"

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