Athena was the goddess of war and wisdom. She is often depicted wearing a crested helm or crown, and carrying a shield and spear. She was Zeus’ favourite child and was allowed to use his weapons.
Athena’s birth was an interesting event. After impregnating Metis, Zeus visited an oracle who told him that Metis’ male child would overthrow Zeus, just as happened to his father and grandfather. To prevent the prophecy, Zeus swallowed Athena’s pregnant mother. Soon thereafter, Zeus developed an agonizing headache and Athena sprang fully-grown, and in a complete set of armour, from his head (possibly facilitated by Hephaistos with an axe).
Goddess of Wisdom, War, and Crafts
- Home: Mount Olympus
- Offsrpring: None, Athena was a virgin goddess
- Roman Name: Minerva