Athena: Sacred Symbols

Athena is the ancient Greek Goddess of wisdom, knowledge, the arts, knowledge, creativity, clarity, handcrafts, war, strategy, weaving, domestic household duties and purity. She is the Goddess of civilization.

Parentage: Zeus and Metis; Triton; Poseidon and Tritonis; Poseidon and Polyphe

Here are the animals and plants sacred to Athena.

Animals of Athena
Owl
Crow
Cockerel
Snake; Serpent
Sphinx
Griffin

Sacred Plants
Olive tree
Cypress
Ivy
Sweet Smelling Flowers or Herbs

Regalia
Aegis
Shield
Spear
Helmet
Armor
Distaff

Natural Forces
Lake Triton in Libya

Sources

Homer. The Homeric Hymns: A Translation, with Introduction and Notes. translated by Diane Rayor. University of California Press, 2004.

The Orphic Hymns. trans. By Apostolos N. Athanassakis. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Deacy, Susan. Athena. Routledge, 2008.

Kerenyi, Karl. Athene: Virgin and Mother in Greek Religion. Translated by Murray Stein. Spring Publications, 1988.

Pausanias. Description of Greece: Books 1-10. translated by W. H. S. Jones. (Loeb Classical Library, 1918; Harvard University Press, reprint.

Shrine of the Goddess Athena

Neos Alexandria: Athena

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