Athena - Athena Roman Minerva Metis Zeus wife before Hera...

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Athena Roman: Minerva Metis – Zeus’ wife before Hera Zeus warned by Ge and Uranus that if they had a son, the son might become more powerful than Zeus o Swallows pregnant wife o Gets a horrible headache, Hephaestus cuts open Zeus’ head and out comes full grown and fully armored Athena Very smart, involved with strong mental processes, practical wisdom o Romans: all aspects of wisdom Looks: helmet, shield, often spear, virgin, aegis (goat-skin shield, usually with Medusa’s head on it [gift from Hercules]) Zeus is very fond of her Different names: o Athena polias – connected to cities (especially Athens) and great palaces o Athena parthenos – virgin goddess o Palla Athena Tritogena – don’t know Palla – friend of Athena, who Athena accidently killed, was made into a wooden statue (the Palladium) Tritogeneia – could be a city, means “three times born,” possible reference to Triton Glaukopis – “bright eyed” or “owl eyed” Don’t want to upset her, not a big sense of humor
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