Saturday, July 20, 2013

Athena : The Goddess of War!

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Everyone of us has their own favorite Gods or Goddesses. It's very difficult to choose among them. We sometimes imitate or even idolize them. Greek Gods and Goddesses inspired and contributed a lot in Literature and how we look in different pieces. Even though I liked many Goddesses, this Goddess caught my heart.

If I were to be a Goddess, I would choose Athena. She is the Goddess of wisdom, civilization, courage, inspiration, civilization, strength and strategy and also referred as "The Virgin Patron Goddess of Athens" I learned to love her when I was reading The Percy Jackson Series and when we tackled our World History III . Her character there caught my attention and started liking her since then. According to our History teacher back in third year, Athena was remade as the favorite daughter of Zeus, born fully armed from his forehead.

Her story of birth comes with different versions. Zeus had his first wife, Goddess Metis. There was prophecy that Metis' child will be more powerful than Zeus. Zeus feared that and did everything to stop Metis to conceive. He turned Metis into a fly and swallowed it. He was too late, she already conceived Athena. He thought that he was successful but after some days, he experienced headache. He asked his children to help him, no one but Hephaestus had the idea to help. He commanded Zeus to lie down and started to cut his forehead with Minoan Axe. Suddenly, a beautiful and fully armored Athena came out and shouted "and pealed to the broad sky her clarion cry of war. And Ouranos trembled to hear, and Mother Gaia..." that's why, she was also called the Goddess of strategy, a very clever Goddess!

She was symbolized by an owl. Even though she's known to be brave, she fears spider because of Arachne. It is said that all of her children hate spider. It's a big no no for them to see it.

She's also very popular that's why she won Athens against Poseidon.

There once came a time in Ancient Greece when the first king of Athens, Cecrops, who was half person and half snake, had to find a patron deity for the city state of Athens.

The two Olympian gods who were particularly interested in the patronage were Poseidon, the god of the Seas and Athena, the goddess of Wisdom and Skill. They presented themselves in front of Cecrops and he asked from them to offer a gift truly valuable for Athens.

Poseidon came first: he struck the earth powerfully and created a well with his trident. Immediately, streaming water shot forth, but the water turned out to be salty and not very useful for the population.

Next, it was the turn of goddess Athena. She stepped forward, struck her spear into the ground and then she kneeled and planted an olive branch in it. This way she created an olive tree, as a symbolization of peace and prosperity on earth.

Cecrops was very impressed by Athena’s gift. So he chose Athena to lay claim of the city of Athens and the city was named after her. God Poseidon, however, was not pleased with the decision of Cecrops and cursed the city of Athens to never have enough water from then on. After that, it is said that a major problem of water shortage started in Athens, which continues until nowadays.

What's not to love about Athena? Goddess of intellect and beauty. I couldn't ask for more. Hail Athena! Hail The Goddess of War!

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  1. hi vallea...Its good to know that you admire Athena so much..I admire her too..!

  2. Woi Vallea!Long time no see! (and no talk xD)
    Well, Athena is the second best Greek god/goddess for me (but unfortunately i need to comment on 5 works because it is a prerequisite in English xD) The facts included here is interesting (I dont pay much attention to our World History xD)

    I found some errors in your work (it should be spiders, not spider) but regarding sentence completion, it's OK (this is not formal writing right?)

    Your paragraph Organization doesn't require any corrections. It is arranged well, making your article easier to understand by readers.


  3. Very intriguing, facts from well known myths and stories that explain her character, attitude, and intellect are written here. There is also the story how she was born to be a goddess.

  4. Good job Vallea! I didn't see any corrections to be done in your work. Nice work in making this article informational and factual. To sum it up, it's a great article! I read that your a fan of the Percy Jackson series. I'm a fan too! Till your next article! God bless!

  5. Good job Vallea! I didn't see any corrections to be done in your work. Nice work in making this article informational and factual. To sum it up, it's a great article! I read that your a fan of the Percy Jackson series. I'm a fan too! Till your next article! God bless!

  6. Athena is one of the admired god for me. I am admired by her strategic fighting towards his enemy. In fact, I want to know and study her so I can absorb and learn her abilities. Thanks for sharing your article :)

  7. Athena is one of the goddess i really admire, she is not only smart but the brain of every battle. In accordance to the article, I didn't find any mistakes in sentence construction and a best choice of words in describing Athena. Good Job!

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