Ancient Greek Gods for Kids, Athena (Minerva) - Goddess of Wisdom Illustration

Ancient Greek Gods for Kids

Athena, daughter of Zeus
Roman name: Minerva

Athena was a powerful and popular goddess in ancient Greece. Athena did not have a mother. She was born directly out of Zeus' brain, which is how she received her remarkable cleverness. She is sometimes also considered the goddess of war because Athena had the power to give skill, courage, and victory in battle to those who deserved it (in her opinion.)

Athena held a seat on Mount Olympus, on the council of twelve, the rulers of the gods. The other gods counted on Athena to be fair. Zeus admired Athena for her wisdom, kindness, and understanding. Even her moody uncle, Poseidon, had a special place in his heart for his niece, Athena, the goddess of wisdom.

Here are some myths about Athena that show how clever, thoughtful, and practical she was.

Myths about Athena