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Ἀθηνᾶ Παρθένος / Athena Parthenos / Athena · The Virgin Warrior

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In Greek mythology, Athena (Attic: Ἀθηνᾶ, Athēnâ, or Ἀθήνη, Athḗnē; Doric: Ἀσάνα, Asána) is the goddess of wisdom, knowledge, strategy and the fair war. She was the patroness of weaving especially, and other crafts (Athena Ergane) and the more disciplined side of war, where she led the battle (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος, Athena Promachos). The metalwork associated with the creation of weapons fell under her patronage. Athena's wisdom also includes the cunning intelligence (metis).

A mentor, helper and counselor of many heroes and adored from very old like mistress of Athens. In classic myths never she had consort or lover, for this reason often she was well-known like Ἀθηνᾶ Παρθένος, Athena Parthenos ("Athena the Virgin"). Her most famous temple, the Parthenon (an authentic patience exercise in this drawing), on the Acropolis in Athens takes its name from this title. It was not merely an observation of her virginity, but a recognition of her role as enforcer of rules of sexual modesty and ritual mystery.
Also she was associated by the Etruscans with his goddess Menrva, and later by the Romans with Minerva.
The Greek philosopher, Plato (429–347 B.C.), identified her with the Libyan deity Neith who was the war-goddess and huntress deity of the Egyptians since the ancient predynastic period.

As the drawing shows she is attended by an owl, and is often accompanied by the goddess of victory, Nike.
Wearing a goatskin breastplate called the Aegis in late myths said to have been given to her by her father, Zeus.
She often is shown helmeted and with a shield bearing the Gorgon Medusa's head, the gorgoneion. The Medusa's head also frecuently is showed over the Aegis.
A serpent often accompanies this goddess and frequently is depicted at the base of the staff of her lance. In a remnant of archaic myth, she was the mother of Erichthonius (half-man half-serpent) by the attempted rape by Hephaestus but she eluded him. Really Erichthonius, was born to Gaia, the Mother Earth, when the rape failed and the semen fell on the ground, landed on Gaia impregnating her, and that after the birth he was given to Athena by Gaia.

Hesiod (c. 700 BC) relates that Athena was a parthenogenous daughter of Metis, "wisdom" or "knowledge", a Titan who ruled the fourth day and the planet Mercury. Other variants relate that although Metis was of an earlier generation of the Titans, Zeus became her consort when his cult gained dominance. In order to avoid a prophecy made when that change occurred, that any offspring of his union with Metis would be greater than he. Zeus is said to have swallowed Metis to prevent her from having offspring, but she already was pregnant with Athena. Metis gave birth to her and nurtured her inside Zeus until Athena burst forth fully armed from his forehead.

In the late Classical Greek myths, Athena is most commonly described as the daughter of Zeus, born after he swallowed her pregnant mother. Which accord her special status: the weapons for which she is so famous are the thunderbolt and the Aegis, which she and he were said to share exclusively.

In the Olympian pantheon, Athena was remade as the favorite daughter of Zeus. Although at Mycenaean Knossos Athena appears before Zeus does (in Linear B, as a-ta-na po-ti-ni-ja, "Mistress Athena").

Athena competed with Poseidon to be the patron deity of Athens, which was yet unnamed, in a version of one founding myth. They agreed that each would give the Athenians one gift and that the Athenians would choose the gift they preferred. Poseidon struck the ground with his trident and a spring sprang up; this gave them a means of trade and water —Athens at its height was a significant sea power, defeating the Persian fleet at the Battle of Salamis— but the water was salty and not very good for drinking. In an alternate version, Poseidon offered the first horse to the citizens. Athena, however, offered them the first domesticated olive tree. The Athenians (or their first king, Kekrops) accepted the olive tree and with it the patronage of Athena, for the olive tree brought wood, oil, and food.

She has many epithets (Άτρυτώνη, Atrytone; γλαυκώπις, Glaukopis; Παλλάς Pallas; Πολιάς, Polias; etcetera) but usually for Athenians she was simply "the Goddess".

:deviator: Original Size: 5906 x 5315 pix. / 50 x 45 cm.

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© BlackWolf.Studio MAR. 2008
NarnianGriff23 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
love it awesome
dchmelik Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
I like this, but would like to see a version without the made up, wrong spelling of her name.
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