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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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BartPinnock Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa! What an amazing work!
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empyreus Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Princess-Scutter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
May I use your work as inspiration for my Studio Art folio? I'll put you as the artist
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empyreus Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, no problem. :)
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saphira-rosethorn Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
This is Just amazing to look at.
Great work and well done
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NightDemon14XIII Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is by far my most favorite charcter in greek mythology, and i absolutely love how you've combined the wisps with the background! i love it :)
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XIn-My-Darkest-HourX Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Student General Artist
May I use this in my Odyssey project? Of course I shall give you credit! It's beautiful!
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xBlyss Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009
I love it! I'm such a big fan of Greek mythology!
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empyreus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! :heart:
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Nathali Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
May I use this picture for an inspiration page for a major english assignment? I would put you down as the artist, of course.
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empyreus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure! Thanks for asking! :aww:
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Nathali Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008
Thanks, you're welcome! :hug:
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very nice
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empyreus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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You're welcome :D!
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BonnieDog Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
OMG! Drop-dead gorgeous... Love the swirly bits! And the background, and the model, everything really...
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empyreus Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :hug:
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Trash63 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
:clap: :clap:Good Job :clap: :clap:
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empyreus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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Elandria Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work sweety! Thanks for using my stock!! :hug:
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empyreus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much :D
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