Athena Statue at Owner: CC Flickr user AZAdam Alt: Peaceable Athena Statue at the Louvre
Athena is probably the favorite Greek goddess among today's western women. This puzzles me, although I do understand that her supreme competency has much to do with it. I wonder how much people who admire her know about her.
This week's Myth Monday challenges you to determine how much you actually realize about the goddess.
There are no scores, just a series of questions and links to other pages where you can verify your answers.
What happened to Arachne?
Answer: Athena and Arachne
On which side was Athena in the Trojan War?
Answer: See Major Figures in the Iliad.
Which human form did Athena take when she initially appeared to Telemachus?
Answer: Telemachus in the Odyssey
What is the connection between Athena and the Abduction of Persephone?
Answer at l. 415 of Homeric Hymn to Demeter II, where Pallas refers to Athena.
Why IS it Pallas or Pallas Athena?
Answer: Why Pallas Athena?
How can a virgin goddess have a son? Extra credit: Who is the father?
Answer: Athena Profile - scroll down for A Son for a Virgin Goddess.
- Question: Whom did Athena get to babysit her son?
Answer: Athena and the First King(s) of Athens, scroll down to "But back to Athens...."
- Question: What is the connection between Athena and the flayed-Marsyas?
Answer: Apollo and Marsyas
- Question: What were the circumstances in which Athena decided mothers were less important than fathers?
- Question: Why did Athena disfigure Medusa?
How did you do? Any surprises? Please post in the comments.
Previous 2012 Myth Mondays:
- Hercules Hurls His Guest
- Olympics Origins II: Myrtilos
- Hercules the Giant-Killer
- The First Tyrant
- The King and the Harpies
- The Dawn Goddess Loves a Mortal
- Even a Boar Wishes to Kiss Adonis
- Hero and Leander
- Who Were the Argonauts?
- The Chimera
- Narcissus and Echo
- How Perseus Fits In
- Hesiod and the Bestiary
- The First Olympics Origins I
- Dionysus and the Return of Hephaestus
- Zeus, the Recent Victor of the Titanomachy, Wins Once More in Hesiod's 'Theogony'
- Atlas, the Titan Who Didn't Shrug
- Troilus and ... Polyxena
- Who Is the Virgo?
- Pandora's Box
- Achilles and His Heel
- Hercules and His Labors
- The First Humans
- The Death of Pentheus
- Greek Ghosts
- One More Underworld God
- A Norse God of Winter
- "Why Is Gold Called Sif's Hair?"