Where Athena Came From

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Zeus found Metis to be attractive and wanted to have her – but she would not let herself be with him and tried to run from him. She changed the way she looked several times looking like different people and creatures including; fish, hawks, and serpents. Yet, Zeus was determined to have her and was able to change his form as well in order to follow her. She eventually gave up.

The oracle of Gaea prophesied that the first child that Metis would bear would be a girl and her second would be a boy that would be eventually overthrow Zeus. Zeus took this warning to heart. When he next saw Metis he flattered her and put her at her ease. Then with Metis off gaurd Zeus suddenly opened his mouth and swallowed her. This was the end of Metis but, possibly the beginning of Zeus’s wisdom.

After a time Zeus developed the mother of all headaches. He howled so loudly it could be heard throughout the earth. The other gods came to see what the problem was. Hermes realized what needed to be done and directed Hephaestus to take a wedge and split open Zeus’s skull. Out of the skull sprang Athena, full grown and in a full set of armour. Due to her manor of birth she has dominion over all things of the intellect.