Study Guide

Athena (Minerva)

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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.

Basic Information

Name

Athena

Nickname

Minerva (Roman name), Pallas Athena, Athene

Sex

Female

Current city

Mount Olympus, though Athens is a second home.

Work & Education

Occupation

Goddess of Wisdom
Goddess of War (Strategy and Defense)
Goddess of Justice
Supporter of Heroic Endeavors
Goddess of Weaving, Crafts, and Skill

Education

I am education.

Beliefs

Political views

I am loyal to my father, Zeus.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Zeus (and perhaps Metis, depending on how one judges such things)

Siblings

My father has many children: Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Dionysus, Hebe, Hermes, the Muses, Pan, Persephone, and more.

Children

I'm too wise to do anything so foolish as to procreate. I did, however, adopt a son named Erichthonius.

Friends

Odysseus
Jason
Perseus
Heracles
Nike

Enemies

The Trojans
The Titans
Medusa
Arachne

Relationships

Relationship status

Single, and I'm staying that way.

Interested in

Nobody.

Favorites

TV Shows

PBS
Band of Brothers
Generation Kill
Frasier
How It's Made
Ingenious Minds

Quotations

"Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
– Plato

"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it."
– Albert Einstein

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."
– Stephen Hawking

Books

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (I simply adore Minerva McGonagall; she is a worthy namesake.)
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Portrait of Lady by Henry James
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Julius Caesar by Shakespeare
Henry V by Shakespeare
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson
Daddy by Sylvia Plath
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Own
The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Music

Philip Glass
Schumann
Mozart
Chopin
Joshua Bell
Yo-Yo Ma

Movies

The English Patient
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Henry V
Saving Private Ryan
Black Hawk Down
The Hurt Locker
The War

Activities & Interests

Likes

Owls
Olive trees (I created the olive tree)
Snakes
My aegis (which has Medusa's head on it)
Battle gear, especially helmets, shields, and spears

Interests

Weaving, at which I am quite proficient
Military strategy

Groups

Gods of Olympus
I judge you when you use poor grammar.
Athens, Greece