What Were the Powers of Athena?

The powers of Athena include control over knowledge and arts, such as farming, spinning, needlework, weaving, and navigation. In addition to being the patron goddess of Athens, Athena is revered as a goddess of war. Athena’s influence in her role as a goddess of war rests more on tactic than on open combat.

According to Greek mythology, Zeus’ preferred daughter is Athena. In the contest to become the city of Athens’ patron god, she overcame Poseidon. Because of her gift, the olive tree, Athena was chosen as the city’s patron deity.

Greek mythology states that Athena had no mother because she was born from Zeus’ head. Athena was reported to have sprung out of her creation fully armed. She is characterised by the Aegis, pomegranate, owl, helmet, and spear, among other things. The term “the grey-eyed goddess” is frequently used to describe her.

Numerous Greek myths featured Athena as well. She was listed as a witness to Jason’s endeavour to save the Golden Fleece. In his mission to acquire the head of Medusa, Perseus had the assistance of Athena as well. Athena actively aided the Greeks in the Trojan War and directed Telemachus to retake Ithaca while Odysseus was away.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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