Athena Pictures

Here are some Athena pictures, you'll see how she was represented during the ages.

This is one of the best known images of Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom, from antiquity (notice her characteristic helmet.

Relief of the Mourning Athena, circa 460
Relief of the Mourning Athena, circa 460
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In this beautiful image, I like the dynamism of the sculpture, how she maintains her balance and how the clothes follow her body.

Athena Nike adjusting her sandal, c.420-420 BC (marble)
Athena Nike adjusting her sandal, c.420-420 BC (marble)
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An ancient vase depicting her birth. Zeus is surrounded by other divinities and he is clinging to the clothes of Eiletheia, the goddess of childbirth.

Attic Black-Figure Amphora Depicting the Birth of Athena
Attic Black-Figure Amphora Depicting the Birth of Athena
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Attic Corinthian Amphora Depicting Zeus on His Throne During the Birth of Athena
Attic Corinthian Amphora Depicting Zeus on His Throne During the Birth of Athena
, Greek
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A beautiful Roman copy of a Greek original.

Pallas De Velletri, Statue of Helmeted Athena, Roman Copy of a Greek Original
Pallas De Velletri, Statue of Helmeted Athena, Roman Copy of a Greek Original
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And a statue by Phidias.

Roman Replica of the Athena Farnese
Roman Replica of the Athena Farnese
, Phidias
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A cameo with the contest between Athena and Poseidon, for the city of Athens. The goddess made the olive tree and gave it as a gift to the people, while Poseidon produced a spring with salt water (and then was very surprised when he lost!)

Cameo of Poseidon and Athena Competing for Dominion over Attica, 1st Century BC
Cameo of Poseidon and Athena Competing for Dominion over Attica, 1st Century BC
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A black and red vase with the same scene.

Attic Black-Figure Olpe Depicting Athena Confronting Poseidon, 6th Century BC
Attic Black-Figure Olpe Depicting Athena Confronting Poseidon, 6th Century BC
, Amasis Painter
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And a more recent painting.

Poseidon and Athena
Poseidon and Athena
, Garofalo
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She helped many heroes in their endeavours.

Attic Red Figure Calyx Krater, Hercules with Athena and Other Greek Heroes, c.450 BC
Attic Red Figure Calyx Krater, Hercules with Athena and Other Greek Heroes, c.450 BC
, Niobid Painter
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In the following image you can see her with Hercules.

Hercules and Athena
Hercules and Athena
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Atlas, Hercules and Athena with the Golden Apples of the Hesperides, Marble Relief (5th BCE)
Atlas, Hercules and Athena with the Golden Apples of the Hesperides, Marble Relief (5th BCE)
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She helped Perseus kill the Medusa and, in the end, she put Medusa's head on her shield.

Relief Depicting Perseus Helping Athena to Kill the Gorgon, Metope from the Temple of Selinunte
Relief Depicting Perseus Helping Athena to Kill the Gorgon, Metope from the Temple of Selinunte
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She also helped Theseus fight the Minotaur.

Red-Figure Cup Depicting Athena, Theseus and the Minotaur
Red-Figure Cup Depicting Athena, Theseus and the Minotaur
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And she helped Odysseus go back to Ithaca.

Goddess Athena Reveals Ithaca to Greek hero Ulysses
Goddess Athena Reveals Ithaca to Greek hero Ulysses
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A statue of Athena Parthenos.

Statue of Athena Parthenos
Statue of Athena Parthenos
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And that's how it probably looked like when it was inside the temple.

Statue of the Goddess Athena Inside the Parthenon, Ancient Athens
Statue of the Goddess Athena Inside the Parthenon, Ancient Athens
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The following statue of Athena, from Wien, is not ancient, but it is a statue of classical inspiration.

Athena Statue in Front of the Parliament Building, Vienna, Austria
Athena Statue in Front of the Parliament Building, Vienna, Austria
Grandadam,...
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And more Athena pictures.

Athena "Mattei", Called Athena Pacific
Athena "Mattei", Called Athena Pacific
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For more info about the Greek goddess Athena, click here.

For more pictures of Athena, but in which she appears with her Roman name, Minerva, please click here.



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