If you get a chance, you really ought to hang out with Athena while you're on Mount Olympus. Being the goddess of wisdom, she definitely has a lot of smart things to say. Everybody respects Athena. All the famous heroes – Heracles, Jason, Odysseus, etc. – look to her for guidance. So, if you're smart, you'll take a sec to have a convo with the goddess of wisdom.
Minerva (Roman name), Pallas Athena, Athene
Mount Olympus, though Athens is a second home.
Goddess of Wisdom
I am education.
I am loyal to my father, Zeus.
Zeus (and perhaps Metis, depending on how one judges such things)
I'm too wise to do anything so foolish as to procreate. I did, however, adopt a son named Erichthonius.
Single, and I'm staying that way.
"Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Weaving, at which I am quite proficient
You really can't miss Athena. She's always wearing gleaming golden armor, with a giant crest jutting from her helmet. A lot of times, she carries a shield with Medusa's snake-haired head plastered on it. (Yeah, she can be a little morbid at times.)
Hair color: Light brown
Facial hair: None
Jewelry and accessories: Medusa's head mounted on armor around her shoulders
Clothing: Toga, or other flowing clothing
Armor: Plumed helmet, breastplate, and shield
Type of weapon: Spear
Known hangouts: Athena is often found on the battlefield, emerging from Zeus' skull, or even floating in the air. She's known to frequent Athens, Greece, and is sometimes seen near olive trees.
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The ancient Greek writer Homer included many of the gods of Olympus in The Odyssey, the story of the hero Odysseus. Athena is the main god in the poem because she's taken a special liking to the clever Odysseus and helps him on his twenty-year journey home.
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Homer brings the gods into The Iliad as well, which tells the story of the mythic Trojan War. Most of the gods of Olympus take sides in the human war: Hera, Athena, and Poseidon are rooting for the Greeks, while Aphrodite, Ares, and Apollo are fighting for the Trojans.
Dec 20, 2019
The Roman poet Ovid collected all kinds of wild stories about the gods in The Metamorphoses. Here you'll find myths about Minerva (a.k.a. Athena), including the story of her friendship with Perseus. Be sure to check out Book 2, Book 4, and Book 5.
Jan 1, 1970
In Edgar Allan Poe's famously creepy poem, the raven perches on top of a sculpture of Athena. What does that mean? Find out here.
The Greek gods make it onto the PlayStation in the God of War video game trilogy. In this game, Athena starts out in her usual role: assisting and advising a brave mortal hero. This mortal hero, Kratos, butts heads with the gods of Olympus and ends up killing all of them but Aphrodite. Athena dies trying to protect Zeus.