In order to protect him, she carried Erichthonius inside a special closed box or basket cista inside the sanctuary of the Athenian Acropolis. Here she implored her sisters, the priestesses Aglauros, Herse and Pandrosos, the daughters of the first Athenian king Cecrops , not to open the basket, and not to, by any account to look inside. The goddess refuses to tell them what is inside the box and warns them not to open it until she returns. But of course they did, or at least one of them did and to their horror discovered that the baby was curled up with a snake in his crib.
They were so shocked by what they saw that they threw themselves off the Acropolis to their death on the rocks below. Other versions describe how a crow saw them opening the box, and gave them away to Athena who drove them off the Acropolis in her fury. Either way they met a terrifying death after discovering the hidden secret of Erichthonius's cradle. Erichthonius, under the protection of Athena, grew up to become the king of Athens. He was a benevolent king, nurturing his people and gifting them special skills.
He was the first to tame wild horses and to shackle them to chariots. He produced the first plough and showed his people how to cultivate the earth. In his smithy he worked silver, a metal that at the time was even more precious than gold and celebrated the Panathenaean festival in honor of his adoptive mother, the goddess Athena.
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The Birth of Erichthonius was popular as the narrative depicted on Athenian red figured vases these were the famous vessels from the Classical period, are located and exhibited in Museums throughout the world. In all this drama his seed spilt onto her thigh where in disgust she wiped it off with wool cloth. Fed up with her husband's infidelities and dictatorial ways, Hera decided to start a coup d'etat, and Athena was among those Apollo and Poseidon who assisted her in her plans - providing the magical ropes with which they used to tie Zeus up so he could not escape.
Unfortunately for them, the sea nymph, Thetis, heard Zeus' cries for help, but she only agreed to help free him after he promised to be merciful to the rioters. With the combined help of Thetis and Briares , Zeus was freed of Athena's magical ropes, and subsequently grabbed his lightning bolts and stormed into the throne room where the gods were having their meeting. After unleashing his divine wrath upon them, he punished almost all the rebels for their treason. Apollo and Poseidon were temporarily stripped of their godly powers and immortality, and forced to work as laborers on Earth for years.
Hera was tied up and suspended on a rope across the abyss of Chaos, and subjected to Zeus' daily threatening of blasting the rope to let her fall into the nothingness and be dissolved. Fortunately for Athena, she managed to completely evade punishment by talking herself out of it. During the year long Trojan War, Athena along with Hera and Poseidon supported the Greeks, most often the hero Odysseus , whom she finally gave the idea of the Trojan Horse.
She also helped the hero Diomedes defeat Ares in a duel. She would later assist Odysseus again multiple times during his long journey back home to Ithaca. She is seen when Annabeth is being lured by the Sirens , described as wearing hiking boots and jeans and casual clothing. She was sitting with Luke and Annabeth's father, Frederick Chase , supposedly at a picnic in the redesigned Manhattan that Annabeth designed.
At the winter solstice , when Zeus asks the room if Percy should be left alive as he could be dangerous, Athena, along with Ares and Dionysus half-heartedly , do not raise their hands to defend him, but they were out-ruled by the majority. Athena later tells Percy not to judge her too harshly and that he is a big risk to take. Percy replies by saying, " So you're saying you shouldn't take risks? Percy wants to argue, but is left speechless, thinking "she is pretty darn smart".
The goddess leaves after warning him that she does not approve of his relationship with her daughter, Annabeth. Athena knows that Typhon is a distraction and that Kronos sent him through the United States to get them away from Olympus , so he could send his army to overtake it. She convinces Zeus to send Hermes to tell them that it is a trap and gives them information. She tells Annabeth to "Try Plan 23" and Percy to "Remember the rivers," and also to stay away from her daughter.
Athena later tasks Annabeth as the designer to rebuild Olympus. She praises Annabeth's abilities to everyone making Annabeth very proud. She also votes for awarding Percy immortality, though she turns to look at Annabeth when she says this and most likely noticed her stricken expression at the thought of losing Percy. After the council meeting, Athena privately talks to Percy saying that she could have been wrong about him, but not necessarily say she was.
Later, Athena asked why Percy would give up immortality and he first says that he could not leave Annabeth and then quickly adds that he could not leave Grover Underwood either.
She then quickly tells Percy to "spare her" and disappears in a column of flame that singes his shirt. She also mentioned a meeting with her mother about a month ago, where she was given the worst present of her life from her meeting. The Romans, after conquering the Greeks, decided to crush their rivals by stealing the Athena Parthenos , breaking their and Athena's spirit. The Romans changed Athena and reduced her to a goddess of crafts and wisdom, taking away her title as a war goddess and replacing her with other gods like Bellona and Mithras , much to her anger.
Since her counterpart, Minerva, was a strict maiden, Reyna , Octavian , Terminus , and the other Romans at New Rome were distraught to see her daughter Annabeth, calling it scandalous. While on the Argo II on the way to Rome , Annabeth recalls her meeting with Athena prior to the beginning of the journey. Annabeth thought she saw her mother near Sweet in America where she was studying a map, wishing that Odysseus was there to aid her.
Annabeth tried to talk to her, but she was in the form of Minerva and had no recollection of Annabeth as her daughter. She claimed that the Romans reduced her importance, but Annabeth states that Athena is not about revenge. As Minerva however, the goddess only seems to crave vengeance for how they disgraced her. When Annabeth asks for help on locating Percy, she says that since Percy has allied with the Romans, he should perish with them and then she hands Annabeth a coin. She then tells Annabeth to avenge her and to "follow the mark," before restating she needed to find the way home.
In Charleston , Aphrodite states that Athena was affected the most by the splitting of the Greek and Roman gods, because she was the most worshiped Greek god, being the patron of Athens itself. Later, in the lair of Arachne , Annabeth states that Arachne was better than Athena in the weaving of tapestries and starts to doubt her mom's ability as several of Arachne's weavings are better than those of her mother.
After trapping the spider in a Chinese finger-cuff that she got Arachne to weave, Annabeth gloats on how the arachnid had done a great service to Athena by protecting the Athena Parthenos , but Arachne decides to destroy her lair instead of seeing Annabeth win. Before the floor completely caves in, the Argo II blasts a hole in the ceiling and saves Annabeth as Arachne fell into the pit to Tartarus.
They load the statue of Athena onto the Argo II , but Arachne managed to pull Annabeth and Percy into the pit using her thread that was still attached to Annabeth. Athena appears in Annabeth 's dream while she is in Tartarus with Percy , telling her that she has done well in her quest to retrieve the Athena Parthenos. However, she also tells her that the statue has to be returned by the Romans at Camp Half-Blood , in order to seal the rift between both camps.
When Reyna fights the giant Orion , her sheer bravery greatly impresses Athena, who gives her part of Aegis for her cloak. Aegis shields Reyna from a powerful blast and she is stunned when Athena speaks to her to tell her about giving her Aegis. During Reyna's subsequent attack on Orion, she can sense both Athena and Bellona supporting her, though neither appears in person to help. Instead, they give Reyna the strength she needs to kill Orion on her own. Reyna is able to use her Aegis-infused cloak to strangle Orion to death. As a result, Athena promptly arrives in Athens to participate in the final battle with the Giants.
She is dressed in golden full Greek battle armor and helps her daughter Annabeth slay Enceladus , after which Hades sends his body back to Tartarus. Athena's sanity is fully restored and no longer afflicted between her vengeful Roman counterpart, Minerva. After the Giants' defeat, Athena is seen later rebuking the advancements of Hermes with her fearsome Aegis shield, and gives advice to the Olympian council giving Jason a glance of approval when the demigods are trying to decide on the best way to reach Camp Half-Blood in time to stop Gaea and the Romans from attacking.
When facing the god Serapis , Annabeth finds that Athena has removed all of her books from her backpack and left her a square of ambrosia and her magical Yankees cap instead. Annabeth is stunned as the cap hasn't worked since her argument with Minerva and realizes that if Athena herself is getting involved, Serapis must truly be a major threat.
Using her restored cap, Annabeth and Sadie Kane are able to defeat Serapis and Annabeth interprets the return of her cap as a message from Athena that her days of using stealth to defeat an enemy aren't over yet and she will need it in the future. Magnus Chase mentioned her as the mother of his cousin Annabeth.
As far as gods go, Athena could be helpful, sympathetic, and kind to even those who had initially offended her. An instance could be seen in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods: However, after he explained his lack of nefarious intentions and how truly apologetic he was about the incident, Athena's anger cooled and, though she refused to revoke her curse of blindness, she gave him a staff and the ability to understand the language of the birds.
Athena was also renowned for her frequent assistance of heroes on their quests, even if those heroes were not her own children such as Reyna , whom she grants part of her own Aegis and her strength in the battle with Orion or were the children of her bitterest rival such as Percy, whom she helped at one point while he was in the Hoover Dam.
However, as demonstrated by Percy Jackson's Greek Gods , Athena could be prideful and stern - she punished Arachne by transforming her into a spider when their weaving contest ended in a tie. Like the other deities, she also had a dark side: Another example would her cursing the very flute that she had created only because playing it grotesquely altered her facial features, which in turn induced her fellow goddesses to tease her.
Last but not least would be the instance where Paris picked Aphrodite as the most beautiful goddess instead of her or Hera - she took the side of the Greeks in the Trojan War, and did everything within her power to bring him down, which is also a definite testament to her vanity and her capacity for vengeance. Perhaps the greatest example of this can be seen in the Mark of Athena, where Annabeth admits that the first thing all of Athena's children learn is that mom is the best at everything and that any thought to the contrary is not taken well.
Showingthat even her children are not immune to the effects of her vanity. As the goddess of wisdom, Athena is exceptionally disciplined, quick-witted, and brilliant. In battle, Athena is a fierce, astute, and extremely unpredictable warrior as well as a magnificent tactician. Despite her calm and reserved demeanor, she could become intensely focused in a duel, to the extent where one could easily believe that she and her sparring partner were actually fighting to the death.
An example of this could be seen in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods , where Athena sparred with her friend, Pallas, so viciously that a concerned Zeus intervened, which in turn led to Pallas' brutal death. Percy, in particular, speculated that Athena would be an absolutely terrifying opponent as well as an impregnable force to be reckoned with - her wisdom, her astuteness, and her superb capacity for calculation meant that if she were to make a plan to destroy an opponent, it would never fail. Because of this, she would make an enemy ten times worse than Ares one of the most violent and bloodthirsty Olympians , or Dionysus still powerful and dangerous when aroused to breaking point , or even Poseidon one of the three mightiest Olympians of all.
Despite her flaws, Athena still had highly admirable qualities: She once gave her daughter, Annabeth, the gift of a cap that turned its wearer invisible. In one of Percy's dreams in The Battle of the Labyrinth , she was shown to have blessed both her son, Daedelus , and his young nephew, Perdix.
Such instances all testify to the fact that, despite her warlike and no-nonsense nature, Athena was still a caring mother to her children. She also had a sense of fairness and justice that even her own children were not exempt from, an example being how she punished Daedalus for killing Perdix by branding him with a partridge the mark of a murderer. In fact, it was her moral principles that serve as part of the reason why she did not have a good relationship with Ares , as she considered his violent and bloody version of combat tasteless. She also did not get along well with Aphrodite , for her serious and dignified nature caused her to find the Goddess of Love somewhat shallow and conceited.
However, Athena shared a decent familial relationship with Artemis , to the point where the two sisters often had conversations, for they shared somewhat similar personalities and were both Virgin Goddesses. Last but not least, Athena was able to put aside personal grudges at least for a time to either help those who were in desperate need or to serve the greater good of all. As shown in Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes , despite Bellerophon being a son of Poseidon who was one of her bitterest rivals , Athena still assisted him to capture and tame Pegasus , which in turn set him on the path to becoming a famous hero.
Another notable instance could be seen in The Titan's Curse: In fact, she later confessed in The Last Olympian that she might have been mistaken about Percy being a danger to the world. Hence, it can be said that though Athena could be as prideful as her father, Zeus, she was still a goddess who was worthy of respect and admiration, for it was not within the nature of most deities to help the children of their rivals in any way, or to even come remotely close to confessing that they were in error.
In Percy Jackson's Greek Gods , Athena is described as wearing elegant flowing gray robes, Greek battle armor, and an Imperial Gold helmet on her head, which is decorated with pictures of gryphons, and sphinxes. In Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes , Athena wears a long white sleeveless dress, and held a spear and rectangular shield in her hands, with both items "glowing with magic. And unlike any dull grey item on the Gray Sisters island, Athena's storm-grey eyes were bright and "full of fierce energy.
Hence, he immediately recognized her for who she was. In The Titan's Curse , Athena made her first appearance as a park ranger, with long black hair, pulled back in a ponytail and tinted glasses. When she took off her glasses, Percy saw that she had startlingly grey eyes, like storm clouds. Later on, when Percy arrived on Olympus, Athena was described as a beautiful grey-eyed woman in an elegant white dress, and he immediately recognized her as Annabeth's mother.
During their conversation, Percy again noted the resemblance between Athena and Annabeth, to the extent where he almost addressed Athena as Annabeth, and also realized through her cold grey stare that she would make a terrible enemy. The Aegis can sometimes change shape into a glowing mantle, that glitters "as if woven through with filaments of Imperial Gold. As a goddess, Athena could change her appearance at will, though she retains her stunning beauty and dignity no matter what physical manifestation she chooses. She was also viewed to be one of the most beautiful goddesses of all, given how she was perfectly capable of attracting male attention, but she employs her powers to do horrible things to them if they do not leave on her first warning.
Because of this, Athena gets along with Artemis well, being seen having similar personalities and often conduct conversations. Athena in Percy Jackson's Greek Gods. Athena can change into her Roman counterpart of Minerva. Unlike the other gods, as Minerva, she is less warlike and militaristic and is instead a goddess of crafts and wisdom. Athena is known to be the most powerful daughter of Zeus , Due to her considerable influence, Athena bears a greater level of worship them most of the Olympians.
This contributes to her powers greatly.
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Hence, Athena is an extremely powerful goddess who is surpassed only by the six oldest Olympians the Big Three , Hera , Demeter , and Hestia and perhaps rivaled by Zeus's most powerful son Apollo. She is also the patron goddess of Athens, which was named after her. Athena's greatest statue and the most famous Greek statue of all time is the Athena Parthenos , which initially stood in the middle of the Athenian Parthenon, covered in ivory and gold. However, when Athens was conquered by the Romans, they stole it, so that Athena could no longer be a symbol of Greek military power.
The Athena Parthenos itself is described as resembling Athena perfectly, and "even scarier than Arachne". Athena has a shield named Aegis which is powerful against monsters. As shown with Reyna, just a piece of Aegis is powerful enough to absorb an explosion that would've destroyed a yacht. Annabeth Chase , her daughter. Although she is counted as a virgin goddess, Athena can conceive children by joining her mind with her lovers.
This means the offspring are literally "brain children. Athena has shown to be the most active goddess, secretly protecting her children from monsters such as when Annabeth ran away, she protected Annabeth until she met Thalia and Luke.