athene

Athena

[uh-thee-nuh]
noun
1.
Also, Athene [uh-thee-nee] . 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. Compare Minerva.
2.
a female given name.
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Athena or Athene (əˈθiːnə, əˈθiːnɪ)
 
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Greek myth Pallas Athena, Also called: Pallas, Roman counterpart: Minerva a virgin goddess of wisdom, practical skills, and prudent warfare. She was born, fully armed, from the head of Zeus
 
Athene or Athene
 
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Athena
Gk. goddess of wisdom, skills, warfare, etc., from L., from Gk. Athene, probably from a lost name in a pre-Hellenic language.
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Athena

[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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