Also, Athene
[uh-thee-nee] /əˈθi ni/ (Show IPA). Also called Pallas, Pallas Athena. the virgin deity of the ancient Greeks worshiped as the goddess of wisdom, fertility, the useful arts, and prudent warfare. At her birth she sprang forth fully armed from the head of her father, Zeus.
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a female given name.
Contemporary Examples

Thus Athena replaces unreason with reason, and revenge with the spirit of clemency.
Cheney Blood Lust Lee Siegel October 21, 2009

In Seattle, for instance, I met the dynamic Trish May, who launched Athena Partners.
30 Cities to Restart Your Career Kerry Hannon October 6, 2010

Historical Examples

But the physical meaning still remains—Athena unhelmeted, as the gentle morning wind, commanding the cloud Hermes to slow flight.
Lectures on Art John Ruskin

Athena said this to spur Odysseus on, but she did not remain at his side.
Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca Homer

“We ought not to have gone to the Paches’,” cried Athena remorsefully.
Jane Oglander Marie Belloc Lowndes

Phidias the Moulder had, as has before been said, undertaken to make the statue of Athena.
The Boys’ and Girls’ Plutarch Plutarch

It is important to know that the Athenians worshipped three different goddesses, all called by the one name of Athene or Athena.
A History of Art for Beginners and Students Clara Erskine Clement

The shield of Athena often bears white pellets for hail, in like manner.
The Crown of Wild Olive John Ruskin

On the next terrace, to the south, was the temple of Athena; and on the third, the altar of Zeus.
The Care of Books John Willis Clark

Whom do we choose to bear the sacred olive-shoot in honour of Athena?
The Symposium Xenophon

(Greek myth) a virgin goddess of wisdom, practical skills, and prudent warfare. She was born, fully armed, from the head of Zeus Also called Pallas Athena, Pallas Roman counterpart Minerva

Greek goddess of wisdom, skill in the arts, warfare, etc., from Latin Athena, from Greek Athene, perhaps from a name in a lost pre-Hellenic language.

[Roman name Minerva]

The Greek and Roman goddess of wisdom. She had an unusual birth, springing fully grown out of the forehead of her father, Zeus. Athena was one of the goddesses angered by the Judgment of Paris, a Trojan, and she therefore helped the Greeks in the ensuing Trojan War. Eventually, she became the protector of Odysseus on his journey home.

Note: Athena was the guardian of the city of Athens, which was named in her honor.

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