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Joshua Mays CC303 Intro To Mythology God Description On the Goddess Athena Popularly seen as the feminine foil of Ares, Athena carries much more significance than this description offers. She was the divine incarnation of all aspects of female arête —weaving, wisdom, good council, etc.—while also representing the idea of a masculine nature of virginity. She was a mixture of both masculine and feminine greatness; this was shown often with her association with weaving contests and warfare. The dichotomic nature of Athena is a central idea in her birth myth. Metis, wisdom personified, was one of Zeus’ wives whom he swallowed in fear of her bearing a child whose powers surpassed even his. Soon thereafter, Athena spawns from the head of Zeus, already bearing her golden armor. Athena’s association with her most common traits is described with this birth myth. Her battlefield expertise, wisdom, and masculinity of nature all spawn from Zeus, disconnecting her from a more feminine form. The second myth associated with Pallas Athena is that of the weaving competition
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This essay was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course CC 303 taught by Professor Perlman during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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