Athena Essay

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The Greek goddess Athena is usually portrayed as one of the strongest gods in Olympia. As Greek civilization shapes gods that represent their desired identity, representing the god of war and the immortal spirit of wisdom, Athena is the goddess of the balance between intelligence and power. Through Athena's existence, she embodies victory and judgment, while her influences on other gods and mortals demonstrate the power of intellect and civilization. By fusing characteristics of multiple gods to one body, Athena embodies the characteristics of Greek civilization, which are wisdom, power and justice.
In most depictions of Athena's birth, she was given birth from Zeus's holy head,
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Athena inherited the qualities of Metis and her manner of birth became the symbol of intellect and insight. Her reflective nature gives her strategies and knowledge to offer those she guides. "Those she helped included Perseus, Jason, Cadmus, Odysseus and Heracles. She even personally went up to Mount Pelion to cut down the trees to build the Argonauts' boat, called the Argo" (Pontikis). As Athena helps these individuals, the intelligence that Athena inherited from her mother is reflected as they successfully overcome their obsticles. Athena is different from the other gods because she is a female figure goddess with manly characteristics. As in an ideal society, a society has to have both men and women to build a strong civilization. With the identity of a "virgin goddess", Athena shows the desire of a civilization to be "untouched", elegant and perfection. Through the characteristics of both genders, she earns her respect and honor among other gods and mortals. As wars were fought by men, Athena resembles the god of war and justice as she prefers to see most from a manly point of view. We can see her judgment as she "acquitted Orestes, for she deemed Clytaemnestra's crime, killing her husband, to be greater than that of Orestes, killing his mother Clytaemnestra in order to avenge his father Agamemnon" (Parada). As a brave warrior, she will accept any challenges, uses her

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