CLAS104 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Horse Training, Bridle, Athena

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Very often simply called pallas and the romans called her minerva . Most consistently positive of all the olympian gods. Some say that athena isn"t really a war goddess, but a goddess of victory. Zeus was scared of the offspring of metis so he swallowed metis and out came athena from his head fully armoured. Known for her military prowess, wisdom, and masculine virginity. Portrayed as very masculine; often favours male over female, and this is probably because she was born from no mother. It"s usually said that she thinks more like zeus than any other god. One of the three virgin goddesses her virginity may hint that she"s not subject to male power. Aegis (like a goat-skin bib) which hangs down in front of her and protects her (page 5 in slides) Story said that she was given medusa"s head (since she helped kill medusa) and she put this head on her aegis making it so much more powerful.

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