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Katelyn Beneito

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Transcript of Athena

The contest with Arachne
Athena did not tolerate being challenged. One day a young girl named Archne thought she was better at loom than Athena. She challenged the goddess to a weaving contest, and Athena won. To teach the girl a lesson she changed Arachne into a spider, who would spend the rest of her life weaving webs. This myth helps explain the name of spiders as arachnids (Athena 171).
Judgement of Paris and the Trojan War

Athena played an extremely crucial role in the story of the Trojan War. In the myth Zeus chose Paris, who was a prince and considered the handsomest man in the world to judge the beauty of Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite. While judging them, Athena promised Paris wisdom and military skill if he chose her as the most beautiful. Hera offered Paris to rule the mighty kingdom, and Aphrodite told him that the most beautiful mortal women in the world would be his. Paris wanted Aphrodite’s promise, therefore he chose her as the winner. However, when Paris was introduced to the most beautiful women Helen she was already married. The only way for Paris to have Helen was to steal her. Her abduction was the start of the Trojan War. Athena took the side of the Greeks at several crucial moments (Athena 173-174).

I am Athena the goddess of wisdom, crafts, and war
I am known for being Zeus’ favorite daughter
I carry a spear in one hand and a shield in the other
I love the beautiful city of Athens
I want beauty and common sense
I am Athena the goddess of wisdom, crafts, and war
I came from Zeus’ head
My family is intricate and immense
I believe in teaching
I have the power to defeat enemies
I am Athena the goddess of wisdom, crafts, and war
I once gave an olive tree as a gift to the city of Athens
I use my spear and shield
I can lead men to victory in war
I have bluish-green eyes and wear a suit of armor with a golden helmet
I desire victory in war
I am Athena the goddess of wisdom, crafts, and war


Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom, crafts, and war. One day Zeus was having a headache, and suddenly Athena sprang forth wearing full battle armor and a helmet. She was holding a spear in one hand and a shield in the other (Athena 170). In some stories it is said that Athena was raised by Pallas, however in others it is told that she was raised by Trinton. During Athena's childhood, Athena accidentally killed another girl while playing a game. However, Athena grieved her death so much that she built a wooden image of her likeness. The image was called Palladium (Parada).

Athena was able to give skill, courage, and victory to those at war, as long as they would listen to her. This is what made Athena so desirable at time of war. Also, Athena would not put up with defeat, however she was a teacher in many ways. For example, Athena introduced farming, showed people how to make clothes, taught carpentry, and other arts. She promoted prosperity for those who knew how to live sorrowless lives (Parada). Athena also created the horse bridle, showed men how to use a plow, and invented the trumpet (Athena).
Athena's role
Athena's Birth and Childhood
About Athena
Athena is known for being Zeus' favorite daughter. She was incredibly intelligent and wise, which were skills given to her by her father. Also, Athena was worshiped in many temples in the Greek World. Her spear and shield, the olive tree, and the owl all symbolize her. As patrion of Athens, Athena gave the Olive tree as a gift to her beloved city (Athena 170). She is also called the mother, mistress, and guardian of the city (Parada).
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