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Back in time when Greece was making its mark in history as one of thegreat civilization of the Ancient World there was a great deal of emphasis on theGods and Goddesses To the Greeks the world was governed by the Gods and theywere the reason many things happened in the world mostly thing that whereunexplainable The goddess Athena was one of the many gods or goddesses thatplayed a large role in Greek mythology Even though Athena was the patron saintof Athens she supported other Greeks outside of Athens such as AchillesOrestes and especially Odysseus Athena-1 Athena is know to be the goddess of war guardian of cities patroness ofarts and crafts and promoter of wisdom Images of Women-1 Athenasname actually came form the Cretan and Mycenean name Athene which predatesthe Greeks by about 1500 years Daly-20 The ending -ene was set aside forroyalty and goddesses like Helene Harris-4 She was also called by some Greeksas Pallas Athena Not many people know where the name Pallas came from Some legends say she obtained it from the giant Pallas that she killed in the war ofthe gods and giants Grant-Hazel 83 Another legend says that Athenaaccidentally killed her childhood playmate Pallas By taking Pallas in front of herown Athena shows the grief that she endured for the loss of her friend Daly-20Athena had such an impact on the Greeks that the Romans adopted her and calledThe origins of Athenas name is not the only discrepancy that historianshave had The origin of where Athena came form is also a discrepancy Zeusfeared that he would be overcome by a son greater than he born from theintelligent Metis To prevent this Zeus ate Metis There for Athena in the mostcommon legend was born fully grown out of Zeuss head after Hephaestus split itopen with an ax Another legend this one form Crete says Athena was hidden ina cloud Zeus hit his head on the cloud and caused Athena to appear
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