12 gods/goddesses, 12 titans, 12 labors. It seems that in Greek Mythology, 12 is there favorite number in world, or in Olympian. One of my biggest interest in Greek Mythology. Greek Mythology is full of drama, goddess, gods, labours, and hero’s. Today I want to tell you more about it. Here is a story about my favorite goddess Athena!
Athena is the god of battle strategic, wisdom, common reason, and fairness (not as in beauty). Athena was born without a mother. She emerged fully grown and in amour out of Zeus forehead. Athena being the favorite child of Zeus, had great power. Zeus even allowed her to use his weapons including his thunderbolt (and that’s a big deal!).
Hiss. Hiss. The sound of the snakes on Medusa’s head replacing hair. Medusa, once a beautiful girl, but now a horrifying creature called a gorgon. Medusa was once a young stunning girl who lived in the city of Athens. She would constantly comment on how pretty she was. Anyone how stopped long enough for Medusa to talk to would hear about how truly gorgeous she was. One day, all her friends were going to visit the Parthenon. It was her first time going there. The Parthenon was the largest temple in Greece. In the Parthenon, was the Patron Goddess of Athens, Athena. Everyone who entered the temple respect and obeyed Athena, all except for Medusa. Every time Medusa past a statue she would say “Who ever did this statue did a very good job but it would look better if it was of me.” She said the same or similar about all the pictures. When Medusa reached the alter she exclaimed a bit to loudly, “My, this temple is beautiful. It’s a shame it is wasted on Athena, for I am much prettier then her. Perhaps one day people will build an even grander temple all for me.” All her friends went pale, everyone left the temple, for know one want to be in the temple when Athena was mad. Medusa had not even noticed that everyone had left, she was staring in her reflection in the grad bronze doors watching the figure change, the figure shaped into the great goddess Athena. She screamed “Vain and Foolish Girl! You think you are prettier than me. You boast yourself while other people are working, learning, and playing. There is more to life then beauty.” After that day Athena cursed Medusa, she was know a horrible monster with thick snakes in place of her ones beautiful golden hair. Anyone who looked in Medusa’s eyes would turn to stone and that included herself. She would never be able to look into the mirror again.
So, you now see that the Goddess Athena believes in justest. Though she is tough this is one of the stories she is more harsh in. There are lots of other really great stories about her that she is more “kind” in. Here is my source for this piece of writing.
What do you think about Greek Mythology? This is only one of hundreds of stories. I will be posting more about it soon! I hope you got to learn a bit about something possibly new to you. I encourage you to learn more about it because it is quite fascinating. Have a wonderful day.