Typically shown in art wearing a helmet and holding a spear, Athena is the daughter of Zeus and Metis . she is part of the trio of goddesses of Olympus with Aphrodite and Hera whose quarrel provokes the illustrious Trojan War.
She plays an active role in the Iliad helping the Achaeans and in the Odyssey where she is the divine advisor to the legendary Odysseus.
Renowned for her intelligence, she is the goddess of wisdom and war and it is she who, according to Greek mythology, inspires intelligence in men.
Since she inspires intelligence in man, she is the goddess of reason and prudence. It maintains the balance between men and war.
Wisdom: Athena was the goddess of wisdom, and had the power to give wisdom and intelligence to mortals. She was often implored to give wisdom to kings and decision-makers so that they could make good decisions.
Just War: Athena was also the goddess of just war, and had the power to protect warriors who fought for a just cause. She was often invoked before battles to give warriors strength and determination.
Strategy: Athena also had the power to give strategy and cunning to mortals, and was often implored to give advice to kings and decision-makers before making important decisions.
Protection: As the goddess of just war, Athena had the power to protect warriors on the battlefield. She was often invoked to protect towns and cities from enemy attacks.
Creation: Athena also had the power to create and make new things, and was often associated with the invention of new technologies and means of transportation.
Athena's war is that of Troy where she is allied with the Achaeans against the Trojans. She particularly protects Diomedes and after the Trojan War , she protects Ulysses and especially Telemachus in the guise of Mentor.
She is also present as a spectator of all human wars acting in the shadows.
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