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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of athena

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  • Thus Athena replaces unreason with reason, and revenge with the spirit of clemency.

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Historical Examples of athena

  • Whom do we choose to bear the sacred olive-shoot in honour of Athena?

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



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

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  • Symbolic of Athena, they had replaced the stone lions which had formerly stood there.

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  • Oh, well, it just made another quality he had to pray to Athena for.

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British Dictionary definitions for athena


Athene (əˈθiːnɪ)


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
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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

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 (see also Trojan War). Eventually, she became the protector of Odysseus on his journey home.


Athena was the guardian of the city of Athens (see also Athens), which was named in her honor.
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