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Transcript of Athena
Athena is the greek virgin goddess of reason, intelligent activity, arts and literature. She was the daughter of Zeus; her birth is unique in that she did not have a mother. Instead, she sprang full grown and clad in armor from Zeus' forehead.
What Did She Do?
She was fierce and brave in battle; however, she only took part in wars that defended the state and home from outside enemies. She was the patron of the city, handcraft, and agriculture. She invented the bridle, which permitted man to tame horses, the trumpet, the flute, the pot, the rake, the plow, the yoke, the ship, and the chariot. She was the embodiment of wisdom, reason, and purity. She was Zeus' favorite child and was allowed to use his weapons including his thunderbolt. Her holy tree was the olive tree and she was often symbolized as an owl.
Athena is Powerful
Athena and Arachne had a weaving contest to see who could weave better. Athena wove glorious pictures of of the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus performing kind deeds for people. They were the most beautiful images the mere mortals had ever seen. The crowd gasped in awe at the sight of the work produced by Athena. Athena said, "You are too boastful and rude, Arachne. How dare you make fun of the gods!" Athena, beside herself, ripped Arachne's weaving to shreds. Then she grabbed Arachne by the arm. Then Athena cast a spell on Arachne. Arachne immediately felt guilt for the way she had behaved.
At that moment, Arachne magically begin to change. She began to shrink until her body was a small, black speck. She sprouted eight legs and grew black hair. Arachne became a tiny spider.
What Does She Look Like?
Athena is a tall, slim woman with bluish-green eyes trickling light, most likely, wearing a full-length dress. Sometimes wearing a suit of armour and an owl which is usually on her shoulders. She also has a helmet which is raised high on her forehead.
Her shield has Medusa's head in the center with some of Medusa's snakes chopped off, the backround is made out of copper.
Athena's Shield and Owl
By Shelby Benker
Who Is Athena Anyways?
What Can Athena Do?
Athena can transfer people into other things such as transfering Arachne into a spider or turing the beautiful Medusa into a horrid monster with a heaping pile of snakes for her hair.
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