2Athena was born ofZeus alone but she hada mother it was Metiswhen Metis waspregnant Zeusswallowed her. Later hehad a headache andhad his head splitOpen and out cameAthena in full armor.
3Athena was a warriorgoddess and had thebody of a virgin, her romanname is Minerva.She is often called AthenaParthenos ("Athena the virgin")this is why her most famoustemple was named theParthenon. Athena is alsocalled Pallas which meansstrong virgin.Athena’s symbols are the owl, as well as the Olive tree. She represents wisdom, the arts, industry, justice, the disciplined side of war, and above all control over elemental force
4Athena is Zeus's favorite child, and the only one allowed towield her fathers shield theAegis witch she used as abreastplate. She could also holdthe thunder bolts of Zeus. InAddition she held a shieldbearing the face of the GorgonMedusa, and usually holding aspear. In other sculptures withAthena she is holding an icon ofthe goddess of victory Nike.Often times Athena is shownwith a snake as well
5VS Athena, like Prometheus wanted to help humans, they both found ways to make life easier. Prometheus gave usthe necessary tools for survival like fire and food whileAthena help man thrive by establishing law to controlsociety and create justice and ships that harness thepower of water and wind.VS
6Often times Athena watched over heroes such as Perseus, Heracles, Jason, and Odysseus. She helped the Greeks inthe Iliad by encouraging the rallying troops to fight. Athenawas a strategist in war, apposed to Ares who fought withunrestrained violence. She was also behind the building ofthe Trojan horse.
7Arachne Arachne is a very skilled weaver and well known to every one, but she is not very modest about it.One day she boasts to be better than Athena.Athena being a fair god appears to Arachne as anold lady and tells her that If she repents Athenawould forgive her. Arachne then gets angry anddemands that Athena come out and show her skill.Athena then revealed her true identity as a god.Arachne then challenges Athena to a weavingcontest.
8Athena then proceeds to weave the scene of her victory over Poseidon that had inspired her patronage of Athens,while Arachne weaves a 21 scene of the infidelity of thegods: Zeus being unfaithful with Leda, with Europa, withDanaë. The tapestry that the two wove was flawless andAthena was outraged by the disrespect that Arachnedisplayed towards the gods and the fact that a mortal hadproduced a tapestry of equal quality to hers and took ashuttle of block wood and beat her across the face fourtimes. Arachne then tried to hang herself rather than livewith the humiliation Athena then took pity on her and turnsher in to a spider.
9The word arachnid we use today is derived from this story