Parents: Goddess Athena was a daughter of Zeus, the King of the Gods, and Metis, the first wife of Zeus, who held all the wisdom of the world. [Read the story of her birth...]
Athena never married and had no children.
Athena was the goddess who taught people various skills, such as weaving and sewing for women and agriculture and metallurgy for men. She always gave valuable advice and stood by in any danger. Athena protected the heroes when they went to war and saved them when they returned.
After going up against the Greek god Poseidon, Athena officially became the patron deity of the city of ancient Athens and the Parthenon was built in her honour. She was known as "Athena Nike" (Athena the Victorious) because she was believed to have given victory to the Athenians during the Persian War.
A tall, slender woman with bluish-green eyes suffused with light, wearing armour and a golden helmet.
Athena's symbols were the spear, the distaff, and the aegis (a shield of goatskin to which the head of Gorgon Medusa was attached to frighten enemies).
Athena's tree was the olive tree and her sacred animal was the owl, the symbol of wisdom.
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