Ancient Greek mythological goddess of wisdom, said to have been born from the head of Zeus
. Is often portrayed as warlike, wearing a helm, armour, carrying a spear and the legendary shield AEgis
and accomponied by an owl.
The city of Athens
was named after her after a contest between herself and Poseidon
, god of the sea. The competition involved giving the new city the greatest gift - Poseidon gave them the river, but Athena gave them olive trees.
I often imagine Athena's armour to be blue, due to a Greek mythology graphic novel I once read as a child.