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[uh-thee-nuh] /əˈθi nə/
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.
Compare Minerva.
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Whom do we choose to bear the sacred olive-shoot in honour of Athena?

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • Meanwhile Mindarus, while sacrificing to Athena at Ilium, had observed the battle.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Before he could bring his mind back to Athena, there was an interruption.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Symbolic of Athena, they had replaced the stone lions which had formerly stood there.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Oh, well, it just made another quality he had to pray to Athena for.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Or else they were like Diana and Athena, indifferent to marriage.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • In the "Iliad," Zeus is said to have sent Athena as a meteorite from heaven to earth.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • Those on Athena are slaves and it is probable that Earth has been enslaved by now.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for Athena


(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
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Word Origin and History for Athena

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Athena in Culture

[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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