Medus The Birth Of Athena And The Trojan War

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Athena’s birth is unique. Zeus had a premonition that Metis would give birth to a son who would overpower him. In knowing this he decided to swallow Metis while she was pregnant. She gave birth to Athena in Zeus’s belly, and pushed her out of his head. She came out wearing armor with a spear. Zeus was proud that it was a girl. He gave her great power, and became his second. Before being born, Metis told Athena that she was going to have the power over craftsmanship, war, wisdom, and being a patron. Athena’s siblings were Apollo, the god of music, Artemis, the goddess of nature and virginity, and Ares, the god of war. Her friends were Nike, they were close, Odysseus, and the Greeks, helped them in the Trojan war. Athena had enemies like Arachne, …show more content…
She was beautiful and had long and appealing hair. Athena found Medusa sleeping with Poseidon, her enemy, in her sacred temple. To punish her, she turned her so ugly that men would turn to stone when they would look upon her. She turned her hair into serpents, and gave her claws. Athena ordered Perseus to kill Medusa and bring her head back to her. He brought a shield, to avoid looking at her, Herme’s sickle, to behead her, and a leather bag, to hold her head. Medusa’s head still has the ability to turn all men to stone. Perseus used the head against different components. Athena gave the blood of Medusa to Asclepius. He used the blood on the right side to raise the dead. Asclepius ended up being killed by Zeus for doing this. Today Medusa’s head is on Athena’s shield in her …show more content…
They decided to have a competition, and whoever creates the best gift for the city will get to own it. Poseidon created a fountain, since he was the god of the sea. The fountain had no luck because it was very salty, and was not good for the crops. Athena created the olive tree, which was a tremendous help. It gave light and heating, and food for the people. The people of the city chose Athena, and named it Athens in gratitude. The old Parthenon, built in 520 BCE on Acropolis hill, also known as Athenian hill, included shrines to Athena, and a sacred enclosure to the sky. The Parthenon was a temple in Athens, built between 447 BCE and 432 BCE. It was the highest point in Greek architecture. Inside of the Parthenon, on the west end, lies a figure of Athena. It was 40 ft tall, and depicted Athena in armor. Her helmet looked like a sphinx, this has a head of human and a body of a lion. She carried a spear, and a shield with Medusa’s head on it. Athena’s body parts were ivory, and her eyes we precious tones. Gold plates made up her tunic. In her hand she carried the statue of Nike, the goddess of Victory. Also inside of the Parthenon was the Panathenaea. This was a procession of 350 people with 125 horses. It had a wooden statue of Athena, and narrated her

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