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What Are Athena's Symbols?

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Athena's Symbols - The Owl on Tetradrachm Coins

Athena's Symbols - The Owl on Tetradrachm Coins. Tetradrachmas from Athens showing the obverse with the head of Athena (525-430 B.C.) and the reverse of the owl (182-181 B.C.).

CC Flickr User Marshall Astor. Athena's Symbols Shown on bust of Athena at the Carnegie Museum

Athena's Symbols Shown on bust of Athena at the Carnegie Museum

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Athena's symbols, as shown commonly in depictions of the goddess, include:

  • her sacred animal, the well-known owl -- seen on Athenian coins,
  • the aegis cloak with the head of Medusa,
  • a round shield,
  • and a helmet -- carried in her hand if not on her head.
Symbols of Athena also include objects sacred to her, including
  • the cock,
  • a lance,
  • the olive, and
  • a serpent.

Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology via Theoi - Athena

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