The Birth of Athena

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This comic is about the birth of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and battle strategy. Made by Macy Gou and Vinduli Samarasekara (7A)

Storyboard Text

  • We are going have a daughter, and if we have a son, he will be better than his father!
  • LET ME OUT! LET ME OUT! LET ME OUT!
  • Zeus' first marriage was with Metis. Zeus married a titan after the Titan war to ease the relationship between the titans and the gods. Metis was the titan of advice and planning.  
  • Cut my skull! Please, just GET IT OUT!
  • One day, Metis gave news that she was going to have daughter. She had also visited the Oracle and told Zeus, that if they had a son, he would be better than his father!
  • I am Athena, the goddess of wisdom, mathematics, strategy, arts and skill. 
  • Fearing for his position as king, Zeus swallowed the pregnant Metis whole to stop the child from being born and to end his marriage. 
  • Metis gave birth and the child grew up in his stomach, while Metis faded away into pure thought. One day, Zeus got a horrible headache; a voice was screaming in his head, "LET ME OUT! LET ME OUT!", as it kicked and hammered in his skull. 
  • Hephæustus cut open Zeus' skull with an axe and a goddess wearing battle armour holding a spear and a shield sprang out. 
  • So Athena took her rightful place as an Olympian and as the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilisation, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill and she became the patron goddess of Athens with the owl as her sacred animal . 
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