It is said that the child of Zeus would be the lord of the heavens, and upon receiving that information, and fearing the consequential power of this offspring, Zeus swallowed his wife, Metis. But that only served to delay the inevitability of the arrival of his daughter, Athena After being subjected to mind numbing headaches, Zeus, with the help of Hephaestus, hammered his own head open to release the daughter inside of him – Athena – emerging from her father in full-fledged armor.
Athena is one of the most powerful, independent goddess, and often thought to be of even greater importance than Zeus due to her meticulous comprehension of every event. Athena is very wise, which makes sense, seeing as she is respected as the goddess of wisdom. Her knowledge and braveness in battle played parts of making her Zeus’s favorite daughter. She was the only one out of all the gods and goddesses, bar Zeus, who was allowed to use her father’s lightning bolts. Athena is one of the major goddesses, even the city of Athens, is named after her.
The story behind is that she had challenged her uncle, Poseidon, over become the namesake of the capital of Greece, and they presented gifts to the people in order to prove their worth. Poseidon gave the people a salt water fountain, and Athena presented them with the olive tree. The people of the nation preferred her present, resulting in her victory and the olive tree becoming the country’s sacred tree. Athena is one of many things, so she not only just wise but also very strong, reasons that made her very respected among her believers.
Athena has endured a large amount of trouble but she has used it as further decisions. She helped Hercules during his 12 labors, by teaching him how to defeat the Stymphalian birds, owing him nothing. Though often times, she was the root of the trouble, as it was during the spark that lit the bonfire that would become the Trojan war. The goddess of chaos, Eris, planted a golden apple, upon it etched, “for the fairest. ” Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera squabbled over who the most beautiful was, and not being able to decide who the fairest was, assigned the task to Paris.
Paris was promised gifts from each, but in the end, chose to pick Aphrodite. Aphrodite showed him the woman of his dreams, Helen of Troy, a beautiful young married woman from a different country. Athena and Hera’s anger, as well as the fact that Helen was married, sparked the Trojan war, one of the bloodiest of its time. Athena, being one of the few maiden goddesses, has no husband, therefore she has no stronger support from anyone else. But maybe, the most notable attribute about this goddess is how she treats justice! Athena likes equality.
In fact, to say she likes it is an understatement. She is almost infatuated with it- believing that every action that one takes, whether positive or negative, must have a consequence, either rewarding, or punishing the mortal, or god, in question. She blinded the prophet Tiresias for seeing her bathing, and by doing so punished his lust. She granted Medusa the power to ward off men, after Poseidon took advantage of the maid, in Athena’s own temple, allowing the young woman the power to defend herself from any further advances.
A young woman named Arachne, claimed herself to be the best weaver, and challenged Athena; afterwards having the audacity to claim herself the better weaver of the two. Athena in turn, punished her by ripping up her weaving. Arachne, realizing her mistake, hung herself in her sorrow. Athena took pity upon the young girl and immortalized her, and the rope she strung herself from, transforming her to a spider, tasked with the work of weaving forever. Athena has accomplished many deeds.
She has done and saved many. She is and should be highly respected. Athena has taken a major role in ancient Greece. She has kept a spark of hope in many warriors and she has kept truces. She has also caused much trouble too, but all the gods and goddesses have flaws much like humans. Athena has even named a city after herself. Therefore, I would conclude that without Athena they would lose their hope and would fall, just for one mythological goddess.