Athena was the virgin daughter of Zeus and patron goddess of Athens. [See the Parthenon.] She was goddess of crafts, wisdom, and warfare. Athena helped many of the Greek heroes with advice or other aid. She is described as glaucopis which can be translated as 'grey-eyed", and is associated with the owl. You'll usually see a helmet perched on her head. For her shield, Athena carries the aegis of Medusa, the snaky-haired monster-woman Perseus decapitated with the help of the goddess.
|Helmeted Athena||Athena Giustiniani||Athena on Coin Obverse||Statue of Athena Parthenos|
|Velletri Pallas Bust of Athena||Velletri Pallas|
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