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Athena by empyreus Athena by empyreus
Athena is the shrewd companion of Heroes and the Goddess of Heroic endeavor. She would also come to be known as the goddess of wisdom as philosophy became applied to cult in the later fifth century. She remained the patroness of weaving especially and other crafts (Athena Ergane) and the more disciplined side of war, where she led the battle (Athena Promachos). Athena's wisdom also includes the cunning intelligence (metis) of such figures as Odysseus.

She is attended by an owl, and is often accompanied by the goddess of victory, Nike, which in established icons she offers upon her extended hand. Wearing a goatskin breastplate called the Aegis given to her by her father, Zeus, she is often shown helmeted and with a shield bearing the Gorgon Medusa's head, the gorgon, a votive gift of Perseus. Athena is an armed warrior goddess, and appears in Greek mythology as a helper of many heroes, including Heracles, Jason, and Odysseus. In classical myth she never had a consort or lover, and thus was often known as Athena Parthenos ("Athena the virgin"), hence her most famous temple, the Parthenon, on the Acropolis in Athens. In a remnant of archaic myth, she was the mother of Erichthonius by the attempted rape by Hephaestus, which failed.

In her role as a protector of the city, Athena was worshiped throughout the Greek world as Athena Polias ("Athena of the city"). She had a special relationship with Athens, as is shown by the etymological connection of the names of the goddess and the city.


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Mega-Gojira Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She is my favorite goddess, second is Hestia.
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wnter06 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Greek mythology forever
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mysteryAphrodite Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love
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roleplayerfreak Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this picture!
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veleth44 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
whoa... this is just what i have been looking for if i may ask could i use this awesome picture for my next tattoo im getting on me back ? = ) this picture is just beautiful
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empyreus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
By all means, just let me see what it looks like when it's done :aww:
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Lolli333 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Athena's one of my favorite goddesses :D Very nice work, by the way
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empyreus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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seaelfgoddess Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Your pictures are brilliant, I just thought you should know :)
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empyreus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :aww:
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