The Story of Athens

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  • The Story of Athens
  • The point of this story is to explain how the city of Athens got its name and how you should never be too greedy
  • A city appeared one day and Athena claimed it but so did her uncle, Zeus
  • I claimed this city first!!
  • Athena and Poseidon decided that they will both give the people a gift and whoever's gift helped out the people more, would get to conquer the city
  • Poseidon slapped his specter against the side of the mountain. A stream appeared. The people were excited. A source of fresh water was so important! But when they tried to drink the water, they discovered it was not fresh at all. It was salt water!
  • Athena waved her arm and an olive tree appeared. The people nibbled at the olives. They were delicious! The people were excited. The olive tree would provide wood for building homes. Branches would provide kindling for kitchen stoves and fireplaces. The olives could be used for food. The fruit could pressed to release cooking oil. It was wonderful.
  • But theirs was a coastal village. The people could not risk angering the Lord of the Sea, the mighty Poseidon. As it turned out, they did not have to choose. Poseidon chose for them. He laughed his mighty laugh, sending waves crashing against the shoreline. Poseidon proclaimed his niece the winner. This is how the city of Athens got its name
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