- Also A·the·ne [uh-thee-nee] /əˈθi ni/. 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.
Examples from the Web for athena
Meanwhile Mindarus, while sacrificing to Athena at Ilium, had observed the battle.Hellenica
Whom do we choose to bear the sacred olive-shoot in honour of Athena?The Symposium
Before he could bring his mind back to Athena, there was an interruption.
Symbolic of Athena, they had replaced the stone lions which had formerly stood there.
Oh, well, it just made another quality he had to pray to Athena for.
- Greek myth a virgin goddess of wisdom, practical skills, and prudent warfare. She was born, fully armed, from the head of ZeusAlso called: Pallas Athena, Pallas Roman counterpart: Minerva
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.
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 (see also Trojan War). Eventually, she became the protector of Odysseus on his journey home.