I chose Athena because she has always appealed to me. As a child reading Greek Mythology was a great escape
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Athena also pronounced a theme in greek religion. The city protectorates, goddess of war, handicraft and practical reason identified by the romans with Minerva, she was essentially urban and civilized. The anti thesis in many respects of Artemis, goddess of the outdoors, Athena was probably a pre Hellenic goddess and was later taken over by the Greeks. Yet the greek economy, unlike that of the minoans, was largely military, so that Athena, while retaining her earlier domestic functions, became a goddess of war. She was the daughter of Zeus, produced without a mother, so that she emerged fully grown from his forehead. There was an alternative story that Zeus swallowed Metis, the goddess of council while she was pregnant with Athena, so that Athena finally emerged from Zeus being the favorite child of Zeus. She had great power.