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Athena Attica and the Owl of Wisdom


 

Denomination:  Silver Tetradrachm
 

Date:  449 - 413 BC


Description: 
Athena was one of the most important goddesses in Greek mythology.


Athena was primarily the goddess of the Greek cities, of industry and the arts, and, in later mythology, of wisdom; a patron of the agricultural arts and of the crafts of women, especially spinning and weaving, among her gifts to man were the inventions of the plow and the flute. The art of taming animals is included in her attributes, and she was often associated with birds, specifically the owl.


Just behind the owl's back is a small crescent moon, supporting the idea that she may have originated as a lunar goddess.  In Athens, owls represented a force of mystery, but one associated with good.  In many ancient cultures, owning or carrying a piece of an owl as a charm was thought to provide special protection from evil spirits and health problems. Other ancient cultures believed that energy, wisdom, and bravery might be imparted to the carrier of owl charms.



 
     
 
         
 
 
 
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