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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. 2017.
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  • But the physical meaning still remains—Athena unhelmeted, as the gentle morning wind, commanding the cloud Hermes to slow flight.

    Lectures on Art John Ruskin
  • Athena said this to spur Odysseus on, but she did not remain at his side.

  • "We ought not to have gone to the Paches'," cried Athena remorsefully.

    Jane Oglander Marie Belloc Lowndes
  • Phidias the Moulder had, as has before been said, undertaken to make the statue of Athena.

  • It is important to know that the Athenians worshipped three different goddesses, all called by the one name of Athene or Athena.

  • The shield of Athena often bears white pellets for hail, in like manner.

  • On the next terrace, to the south, was the temple of Athena; and on the third, the altar of Zeus.

    The Care of Books John Willis Clark
  • Whom do we choose to bear the sacred olive-shoot in honour of Athena?

    The Symposium Xenophon
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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