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Athena Minerva

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Athena Minerva CLAS 160D2 - 002

Samantha Work
Classical Mythology Lecture
Michael Teske

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On the Warrior Goddess Athena in Classical Mythology taught by Michael Teske
Classical Mythology Lecture
Michael Teske
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Date Created: 03/18/16
Athena Minerva Michael Teske 2pm MWF AthenaMinerva 0 Athena is the virginal goddess of wisdom and a warrior goddess 0 She defeated Poseidon in a contest on Acropolis O by producing an olive tree from the ground with a touch of herspear 0 thus becoming the patronessprotector of Athens 0 Her wondrous birth helps to define her as a divinity Birth of Athena Q Zeus m Metis Wisdom an Oceanid and fearing his own overthrow by one of offspring he swallows the pregnant mother 0 When she comes to full term Zeus gets a splitting headache and Hephaestus cuts open Zeus head with an az to bring her forth 0 She leaps forth from his head fully grown and armed for combat and gives out a warcry like thunder Birth of Athena with 2 Eileithyiae Attic bllack gure vase ca 570 BC Wilhtedi com Panathenaea 0 Major annual birthday celebration for Athena at Athens at end of Summer 0 Every 4 years particularly grand the Greater Panathenaic festival with athletic contest and other artistic competitions as part of the event 0 the prizes were beautiful large vases l amphoras filled with sacred olive oil 0 On the front of the vase was an image of Athena in her war gear and typically on the back was a figure of winged Nike Victory awarding a prize to the contest winner Panathenaic amphora Athena 4th cent BC Winged Nike and contestjudge Panatl39fenaic amphora th cent C O Q The grandest event of the Panathenaea was the pompe procession bringing an intricately embroidered peplos robe to deck out the cult statue of Athena on the Acropolis Q The procession would wind through the Agora the marketplace of Athens 0 Travel past the hill where the political assembly met 0 And move along the sacred way up to the Acropolis itself 0 In the Parthenon the temple of the virgin goddess was a colossal statue of Athena in golf and ivory chryselephantine 0 created by Pheidias the famous Greek sculptor View of Parthenon on Acropolis Athena Parthenos statue in Parthenon Nashville replica based on ancient descriptions Small Roman copy of Athena statue Athena s lconography Q Carries the aegis with the head of the gorgon Medusa on it Q The aegis for her is a kind of breastplate or short cloak Q Often she has a crested helmet and a spear and shield sprigs of olive can be on her head 0 Link to olive cultivation and victory 0 Sometimes a snake is winding its way at her feet or intertwining her shield arm 0 Why are snakes linked to her 0 Are there key attributes of snakes which make them powerful symbols 0 Consider Erichthonius and his origins in early history of Athens 0 Aso snaky attributes of Cecrops the first king of Athens Atiihena statue found in temple of Minerva Medica i Iealer at Rome basedi on a Pheidias original Athena with aegis Attic red figure amphora Andocides Painter ca 525 BC WWW I l h e o l i co m Q Athena s characteristic epithets include 0 Parthenos the Virgin O Glaukopis greeneyed I bright eyed l Flashingeyes I Or even owleyed I Probably refers to the radiant intelligence coming from her eyes 0 Linked supposedly always vigilant owls l Pallas Athena Q Where the original meaning of Pallas is unknown but folk etymology suggests the Brandisher O From Greek pallein to wave menacineg as a weapon l Led to odd story about Athena s tragic killing of her childhood friend 0 Pallas O Daughter of Triton Athena coin Athens ca 479 BC with owl on the reverse side Athenian owl on coin from Athens ca 479 BC Athena s Skills Given to Mankind War strategy and prowess 0 Consider her epithets Promachos protector and Athena Nike Victory Taming and training horses 0 She invented the bridle and the bit Chariotbuilding ship buiding Cultivation of the olive Music 0 She invented the aulos 2 piped flute Female Crafts 0 Spinning and weaving I See Arachne myth Rational rule of law 0 She helped to establish the 1st homicide court at Athens l The Areopagus Major Areas of Patronage for Athena and their Link to Details of her Birth Myth 0 Goddess of wisdom 0 Her mother was Metis Wisdom 0 She was born from Zeus head 0 Also born fully grown l Hence mature both physically and mentally Warrior Goddess 0 Born in full battle armor Virginal Goddess 0 She has no mother in the normal sense I So untainted by sex 0 Born fully clothed l Therefore modest 0 Goddess of Crafts 0 Hephaestus the male crafts god splits open Zeus head to bring her forth 0 Goddess with Sky Associations 0 She gives forth a warcry like thunder when being born I Indeed besides Zeus only she could wear the aegis and wieldhurl the thunderbolts Parthenon Close View s r V 5quot f1 newquot r I 1 I g tilridquot l 11 i H Y Parthenon Statues Elgin Marbles 51th Cent Athena Vying with Poseidon Acropolis Museum at base of hill Acropolis Museum with digital projections on exterior in I I 7 T 39 w r Parthenon Marble Statues on Display in Acropolis Museum Thank you for using these notes It means alot to me Love you all Hope these help Sam


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